Pet Wellness for Senior Dogs and Senior Cats
As pets age, their dietary and healthcare needs will normally change. They will also need routine wellness exams to catch a variety of diseases as early as possible. You'll want to visit a veterinarian with experience to help your beloved pets remain healthy and active throughout their senior years. Our veterinary professionals at Whitemud Crossing Animal Hospital in Edmonton, AB, strive to provide exceptional care for your senior pets.
Why Pet Preventative Care Is Important
Preventative care when your dogs or cats are younger will help them remain healthy and active into their older years. The health of senior pets is largely determined by the quality of care they receive throughout their entire lives, beginning at the time they were kittens and puppies. Pet preventative care continues into adulthood by scheduling annual checkups with a veterinarian.
Pet Wellness for Senior Dog
There are several areas that need special attention when caring for a senior dog. The following are some of the wellness tests a vet may recommend for your dog:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) - This test measures white blood count, red blood count, and information about blood platelets. This is important information veterinarians use when diagnosing an animal.
- Blood Chemistry - This profile can provide very general information about the status of organ health and function, including that of the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. A blood chemistry also provides information on blood sugar and electrolyte balance in the blood.
- Urinalysis - This provides information about how well the kidneys are working.
- Thyroid Testing - This will measure certain hormones that are important for a dog's well-being including metabolism regulation.
Pet Wellness for Senior Cat
Cats will need several of the same tests that dogs need, including Complete Blood Count (CBC), Blood Chemistry, Urinalysis and Thyroid Testing. It is often recommended for older cats to also receive blood pressure testing as well. There are normally no signs of high blood pressure in an older cat until damage to organs has already begun.
Choose Whitemud Crossing Animal Hospital
Whitemud Crossing Animal Hospital works hard to provide a high quality animal care for cats and dogs of all types. We provide pet medical services, dental care, vaccinations, and spaying and neutering. We also offer our Whitemud Wellness Club. This includes preventative procedures such as routine exams, vaccinations, and bloodwork. The Wellness Club also enables you to break down services into affordable monthly payments. Contact us at Whitemud Crossing Animal Hospital in the Edmonton, AB, area to make sure your senior pets receive the care they deserve!