Senior Pet Exams

senior pets

As your dog or cat ages, his/her health care needs change. There are a variety of conditions and diseases that your pet can face. Some of these include: weight and mobility changes, osteoarthritis, kidney problems, heart and liver diseases, and hormone disorders. Any dog, cat, or other pet at the age of 7 or older is considered a senior. It is important to have your senior pet examined by a vet at least once every 6 months and to have blood work done annually. Remember that 1 year to your pet is equivalent to 5-7 years to a human.

Our Vets will do a head to toe exam. This exam includes:

  • Eyes: to look for signs of disease; discharge or tearing; abnormal movement or reaction to light.
  • Ears: to look for signs of ear infection (pain, tenderness, redness, swelling, “yeasty” smell and discharge; mites).
  • Mouth: to look for signs of periodontal disease in teeth and gums; gingivitis; bad breath.
  • Heart: to listen for weak or abnormal heart sounds; an abnormally fast or slow rate, and irregular beats.
  • Lungs: to listen for wheezing, crackling, or other abnormal lung sounds.
  • Abdomen: to feel for any irregularities in the margins of the liver, spleen, kidneys and bladder; masses or tumors; thickened intestines.
  • Lymph Nodes and Thyroid Glands: to feel for any irregularities or changes in size.
  • Legs: to look for limited range of motion in all limbs; signs of pain or discomfort; grinding sound in joints.
  • Base of Tail: to look for any abscesses; abnormalities in anal glands; fecal mats; evidence of soft stools; growths; parasites, like tapeworm segments; and flea dirt.

The Veterinarian will devise a health plan based on his/her specific needs and concerns. We want to make sure your dog or cat  is as healthy on the inside as they appear to be on the outside, giving them the best possible health. The health and safety of your pet is our #1 concern.