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Wellness Testing for Your Older Pet

Wellness Testing For Your Older Pet

Pets age much more rapidly than humans. With the aging process, changes occur in the function of the body. Some of these changes can be seen from the outside: weight gain or loss, stiffness, dull haircoat, loss of sight or hearing. Some changes, however, occur internally and can't be detected without laboratory testing. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms of illness can be seen, in kidney or liver disease for example, organ damage is already in the advanced stages. 

In order to detect organ damage in its early stages, when it can be treated most successfully, we recommend annual blood and urine testing as part of your pet's yearly physical examination. Knowledge of the status of your pet's organ functions, hormone and electrolyte levels and numbers of various blood cells will help us to treat your pet's problems better. The testing may also uncover further problems so we can treat them BEFORE they become dangerous to your pet's health. 

​We also recommend physical exams twice yearly once your older pet begins to show physical symptoms of old age, and follow-up blood testing as needed for any problems found. We usually require blood tests before administering anethesia to pets. If your pet needs anesthesia for dental care, tumor removal or other surgery, senior wellness blood tests can be used for that purpose as well. 

Remember, good health care will improve the length and quality of your pet's life as he or she ages. Routine blood screening is an important component of good care. 

Your Pet's Approximate Age in Human Years:                               Major Problems:

6 months = 12 years                                                                                         Obesity         

1 year = 15 years                                                                                              Arthritis                  

2 years = 24 years                                                                                            Kidney Disease

3 years = 28 years                                                                                            Heart Disease

4 years = 32 years                                                                                            Liver Disease

5 years = 36 years                                                                                            Tooth/Gum Disease

6 years = 40 years                                                                                            Cancer        

7 years = 44 years                                                                                            Diabetes    

8 years = 48 years                                                                                            Rear Leg Weakness

9 years = 52 years                                                                                            Poor Hair Coat

10 years = 56 years                                                                                          Impaired Senses (hearing, sight, smell) 

11 years = 60 years                                                                                          Memory Loss (loss of habits) 

12 years = 64 years

13 years = 68 years

14 years = 72 years

15 years = 76 years

16 years = 80 years

17 years = 84 years

18 years = 88 years

19 years = 92 years

20 years = 96 years

21 years = 100 years

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