As dogs and cats get older, they need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your pet remain fit and healthy as he or she ages and help us catch any potential problems earlier, when they’re easier to treat or manage. Our Tampa veterinarians recommend regular veterinary exams which can help your pet live a longer, happier life! For those dogs and cats under 7 years of age, once yearly is recommended, for those older than 7, our veterinarians recommend twice yearly exams to help stay ahead of any health issues.
Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters his or her senior years. Dogs and to a greater extent, cats are very good at hiding symptoms of disease until later in it’s course (a trait they have inherited from their wild ancestors) The risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age (and our pets age at a quicker rate than we do). Early detection is a major theme in human medicine and is even more important for our veterinary patients. Since focusing on prevention, our veterinary clinic in Tampa has been able to diagnose many conditions early and set these patients on an easier, safer, and many times, a less expensive treatment plan.
Before your dog or cat reaches senior status, we recommend that you bring your pet in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This will give us a record of what’s normal for your pet so we can keep track of any changes. In most cases, we suggest this checkup for when your dog turns 7 years of age or your cat turns 8 years of age. Thereafter, your senior pet will benefit from more frequent veterinary exams and diagnostic testing. Generally, a CBC, Chemistry Panel and urinalysis makes up your pet’s baseline but based on certain factors, a Thyroid test or radiographs may be recommended.
We can treat many symptoms that are commonly attributed to age, including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans). We can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways: by identifying and preventing or reducing pain, recommending an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting environmental modifications to keep your pet comfortable. Our Tampa veterinarians are firm believers in prevention and early detection / treatment which can help extend your pet’s quality of life.
Our Tampa veterinary team will tailor a senior wellness plan to your pet’s individual needs. If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!