Senior Pet Care: It’s More Than Vaccinations

veterinarian for senior pet vaccinationPets age at a faster rate than humans.  Because of this, senior pet care should include a complete physical examination twice yearly.  In fact, the need for vaccinations becomes less important than the need for complete blood work to evaluate the function of your pet’s internal organs.  Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss what is necessary to keep your senior pet healthy and give you peace of mind.

Pets are considered senior between the ages of seven and ten years of age, depending on the breed.  Because a physical exam does not reveal what is happening on the inside of your pet, blood testing is the best method to identify certain medical conditions.

Senior pet health issues:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Dental disease
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Endocrine disease: Including thyroid, diabetes, and adrenal glands
  • Arthritis

These diseases can go undetected in the early stages, which is the main reason Dr. Anna Coffin recommends yearly blood testing for proper senior pet care.  Early detection of diseases, allows us to slow down the progression of the disease and help your pet live a longer, healthier life.

Purpose of senior blood testing:

  • Establish a baseline
  • Identify existing health issues
  • Monitor treatment of disease

Senior pet symptoms:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive drinking
  • Excessive appetite
  • Decreased appetite
  • Difficulty getting around
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Decreased activity

If your pet is showing any of these signs, it is important to contact Guthrie Pet Hospital for an exam and blood work.  By detecting these diseases early, we can help you slow the progression of the disease, and your pet will live longer.  Dr. Anna Coffin advises all owners with senior pets to have blood work performed yearly.

At Guthrie Pet Hospital, we are committed to your pet’s health care.  Check out our monthly promotions which include 10% discount on senior blood work.

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