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SENIOR PET HEALTH CARE
In the early stages, some of your senior petís problems may not be obvious and the gradual onset of health problems, in an apparently healthy pet, often goes unnoticed. Diagnostic tests such as a complete blood panel, complete blood count, thyroid levels, urinalysis, thoracic and abdominal radiographs or ultrasound are important means to evaluate your petís health.
SIGNS OF POSSIBLE PROBLEMS:
NOTE! Cats hide symptoms and pain much more than dogs. So keep a close watch for changes in your aging cat. If your pet exhibits any of these conditions please discuss them with your veterinarian.
A SENIOR PET EXAM MAY INCLUDE:
Physical Examination: A thorough examination of the patient including a complete inspection of the heart, lungs, ears, eyes, and teeth.
CBC/Biochemical Profile: An extensive examination series of blood tests that will evaluate your petís internal organs, including heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.
Thyroid Panel: A blood test to measure the level of thyroid hormones in the blood. If left untreated, thyroid disease can cause serious health problems.
Radiographs of the Chest and Abdomen: These will show if there are any major or minor abnormalities in the chest or the abdomen.
Blood Pressure Test: Older pets are subject to high blood pressure.
Electrocardiogram (ECG): Monitors heart rate and electrical rhythms for abnormalities, if needed.
Urinalysis: This checks for abnormal levels, which can indicate diseases including liver disease, kidney disease and diabetes.
Urine Culture: Detects bacterial infections or any other abnormalities.
Fecal Analysis: A stool check for internal parasites.
Ultrasound Screening: Diagnostic testing to check the heart and abdomen.
Steps to Better Health
You are the one who cares for your pet Ė day in and day out Ė and therefore you may notice subtle changes in your petís behavior or physical abilities.
Take a few moments to review the signs of possible problems; then discuss them with your veterinarian. What may look like normal signs of aging could actually be early signs of a manageable health condition.
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