The health of your pet has been important to you for a long time, and now that they’re a senior, it’s crucial that you prioritize bringing them to the vet two to three times a year. By getting regularly senior pet wellness exams, you can help your pet live longer and healthier in their twilight years.

Why Senior Pet Wellness Exams are Important

Simply getting your pet in front of the vet every few months is important for their longevity. This allows your veterinarian to screen for any changes in their health and address them with proper treatment immediately. With regular visits, we can compare their results from previous exams and more easily notice anything that needs to be addressed. This enables us to detect any ailment early, allowing us to give more effective and affordable treatment than we would if we couldn’t catch the disease until it has already progressed.

What Does a Senior Pet Wellness Exam Include?

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Your senior pet’s check-up will include at least the following:

  • A physical exam: This is an essential component of your senior pet’s checkup. Your vet will check your pet’s weight, range of motion, and muscle tone, as well as comparing any differences between their current body systems and past exams, plus what is normal and expected for their age and breed.
  • Blood tests: These will give your veterinarian an inside look into how organs are functioning, their electrolyte levels, and hormone levels, as well as other factors that may help your vet diagnose disease.
  • Complete blood count (CBC): A CBC gives your vet a peek inside your pet’s immune system response, as well as whether or not they have anemia, how well their blood clots, and if there is any infection.
  • Urinalysis: A urinalysis lets us know how your pet’s urinary tract, kidneys, and bladder are functioning. It can also indicate liver function and how well they are regulating glucose.
  • Thyroid screening: By screening the thyroid, your vet can investigate for thyroid disease, which is common among older pets.
  • Glaucoma screening: Older animals are at greater risk for developing glaucoma, which can lead to blindness; it’s essential that your vet include this test.
  • Retinal exam: This is an eye test that determines whether there are issues with the retinas, such as inflammation, bleeding, or detachment.
  • Blood pressure measurement: This test is used to assess for high blood pressure, which can lead to problems such as heart and kidney disease.
  • X-rays: We may also ask for x-rays if we need a better look at your pet’s organs, such as the lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver.

If you have a senior pet, it’s important to bring them into our Fort Collins vet clinic for regular checkups. Contact Countryside Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment!