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Our pets mature quicker then us and it's important to them that we get them the appropriate preventative care possible, along with early detection screenings to identify any health concerns or diseases in their earliest stages.
Pets 6 years of age and older should visit their veterinarian twice a year for a wellness exams, these exams are the key to detecting health problems that could endanger your pet. Our pets are susceptible to some of the same ailments that aging humans face, such as cancer, diabetes, kidney complications, liver and intestinal disorders, arthritis, dental disease and vision impairment.
You can be your pet’s best advocate when it comes to their health by keeping a watchful eye for any unusual or out of character behavior of your dog or cat.
Some warning signs to watch out for include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive drinking or urination
- Loss of appetite
- Behavioral changes
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Skin lumps, growths or irritation
- Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
- Ear odors, ear redness, or scratching at the ears
- Lameness or sensitivity
If your Dog or Cat exhibits any of these signs, we recommend our
SENIOR PET PREVENTATIVE HEALTH SCREENING.
An Overall Evaluation of your dog or cat.
2. Complete Diagnostics
This includes a CBC (complete blood count) and blood chemistries that analyze chemical components in the blood but also consists of:
- Endocrine Levels
- Digestive Enzymes
- Albumin Levels (Liver)
We evaluate the urine to rule out infections, kidney or bladder disease, diabetes and other health problems but also to determine the level of Hydration.
4. Thoracic and Abdominal Radiographs
Enlarged hearts (also known as) Dilated Cardiomyopathy:
Both the upper and lower chambers of the heart become enlarged, with one side being more severely affected than the other. When the ventricle, or lower chamber, becomes enlarged, its ability to pump blood out into the lungs and body deteriorates. When the heart’s ventricle does not pump enough blood into the lungs, fluid begins to accumulate in the lungs. An enlarged heart soon becomes overloaded, and this often can lead to congestive heart failure if not caught early.
5.Anal Gland Expression
Grape-shaped glands located just under the skin at four o’clock and eight o’clock to the anus. The fluid, material they normally produce is used by dogs & cats to lend a unique scent to their stool, thereby identifying it as their own however, The most common problem with anal glands occurs when inflammation and swelling of the perineum or anus creating pressure within the structure and discomfort to the pet leading to a rupture, some characteristic signs of a pre-mature anal gland infection would be scooting, chewing and in some cases low to no Bowel movement.
6. Nail Trimming (Dremel Pedicure)
When your dogs or cats nails make contact with a hard surface, the surface pushes the nail back into the nail bed creating pressure on the nail joints and or forces the nail to twist to the sides. Either way, those toes become very sore and painful preventing him or her from walking normal. We offer the traditional Nail clipping and Dremel Pedicure; the pedicure is usually done on older dogs with brittle nails.