Our Senior Pet Work Up is designed to detect disease at an early stage. Just as a woman should receive a mammogram or a man a prostate exam, after a certain age, older dogs and cats should receive a Senior Work Up. This comprehensive exam is offered to all dogs over the age of seven and all cats over the age of ten. Depending on the breed, lifestyle and size of your pet, this may be recommended at an earlier age. We must remember that our pets age approximately seven years for one year of our age.
The Senior Pet Work Up should be done on a yearly basis, so disease can be detected and treated in it's early stages. One out of every five senior pets that has a Work Up done, is diagnosed and treated with a problem!
Each Work Up is a comprehensive examination of your pet. The examination includes: physical exam, blood chemistry, radiographs (x-rays), urinalysis, blood pressure, intra-ocular pressure .
Physical Exam-- We check for abnormalities with your pet:
- Condition of coat
- Lymph Nodes
- Respiratory System
- Musculoskeletal System
- Neurological Exam
Blood Chemistry--It is important during the Work Up to evaluate several major organ functions. This can be accomplished through a routine blood draw. The blood test reveals any abnormalities in liver and kidney function, electrolyte levels, glucose level, thyroid level and white and red blood cell counts.
Radiographs ( X-rays)-- In the Senior Work Up, three radiographs are taken: the chest, the abdomen and the hips (including the knees), in order to detect any disease or abnormalities in these regions. Chest x-rays give the doctors the ability to examine the heart and lungs. The abdominal views allow the doctor to see the liver, spleen, kidneys as well as the spine. The hip view checks for arthritis, bone cancer and spinal arthritis.
Urinalysis--Your pet's urine contains by-products from many organs such as the kidneys, liver and pancreas. A urinalysis will check for blood, infection, diabetes and kidney disease.
Blood Pressure--There are few warning signs for high blood pressure in the cat and dog. This condition can result in heart failure, stroke and blindness.
Intra-Ocular Pressure--This measures the pressure inside of the eyes. Increased pressure can be painful and lead to loss of vision.