As part of your pet's annual vaccination program, we will give your pet a thorough physical exam. This procedure allows us to determine the overall physical health of your pet. It also allows us to examine your pet closely for problems that may be considered breed specific. This simply means that certain breeds of dogs and cats are pre-disposed to certain problems.
For example, if you own a cocker spaniel, you have no doubt at some time dealt with an ear problem. Our physical examination will help alert you to potential problems which may occur. The physical exam, however, does not allow us to determine the overall health of the internal organs. Only a blood screen will do that. This short procedure will detect any liver and kidney problems as well as check for anemia, diabetes, and infections. We recommend this screening for all pets two to seven years of age. If your pet is eight years or older, ask about our senior care program. As in all health evaluations, early detection is the key as it allows for more and better treatment options. If you have any questions, please feel free to call.F
Canine Geriatric Program
As dogs age, we know that they, like people, have a greater risk for developing certain diseases and conditions. For example, we know that the incidence of problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, and oral/dental disease increases with advancing age. However, when such diseases are diagnosed in their early stages, treatment to cure such disorders or delay their progress can be given in most cases. For that reason, we recommend that all of our canine patients that are eight years of age or older have an annual geriatric evaluation. This evaluation includes a complete and thorough physical exam, a complete blood count, blood chemistry profile, urinalysis and thyroid test. We also perform an orthopedic exam (to check for any arthritic changes due to aging), a glaucoma check, and a blood pressure check; as pets age their blood pressure can elevate leading to heart and kidney damage. As in all health evaluations, early detection is the key as it allows for more and better treatment options.
Feline Geriatric Program
Older cats can develop a myriad of medical problems, but there are three common problems that we see in geriatric patients: diabetes, kidney disease, and hyperthyroidism. All three diseases affect the other systems over time and are, if left untreated at an early stage, fatal. If these chronic diseases process and are detected soon after they start, they may be very treatable and controllable.
Generally, we recommend that cats eight years and older have blood drawn and checked annually. Diagnostic tests include blood chemistries, a complete blood count, urinalysis, and thyroid test. We also perform an orthopedic exam (to check for any arthritic changes due to aging) and a blood pressure check; as pets age their blood pressure can elevate leading to heart and kidney damage. It is in this way we can detect the problem before it becomes a major medical problem. As in all health evaluations, early detection is the key as it allows for more and better treatment options.
We have tried to make our senior care program as affordable as possible, so that your pets' may benefit from the same tests and evaluations that we use on our own aging pets. We know how difficult it is to say goodbye to an old friend, therefore we hope to keep you and your pet together as many years as possible.
Pet Dental Program
A major part of your pet's health is oral and dental hygiene. If your pet is 3 years or older, he/she already has tartar and plaque build-up on the teeth and probably needs a dental cleaning. Most older pets will have advanced tartar build-up and some degree of gum disease. The problem begins when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your pet's teeth. Plaque harbors the bacteria, which can infect gum tissue and the root system. This often results in healthy teeth having to be extracted because the root structure has been compromised. A more serious consequence of dental disease occurs when the infection spreads via the bloodstream to other vital organs such as the lungs, heart, and brain.
The first step in improving your pets oral health is a complete dental exam. If a dental cleaning is recommended for your pet, the doctor will discuss the procedure with you. Since we have yet to figure out how to get most pets to sit in a dental chair with their mouth open, the procedure will be done under anesthesia. Preliminary blood work prior to the dental is recommended to rule out any underlying health conditions that might compromise the safety of anesthesia. Older pets should have a more comprehensive blood profile run.
Dental procedures are recommended annually in most cases. February is Dental Health Month and dentals are performed at 20% off of the original dental price. Call today to schedule your pets appointment and ask us about home dental care and procedures you can perform to ensure your pet's oral health.
Signs of Poor Dental Health