After So Many Years of Devoted Companionship, Your Aging Pet Deserves Your Special Attention and Care

Our Senior Pet Wellness Exams Focus on the Details that Matter Most to Your Older Pet’s Continuing Health and Quality of Life

As your pet matures past middle age, the likelihood of age-related health problems increases with every passing year. We’ve tailored our comprehensive Senior Pet Wellness Exam to help your pet enjoy the best possible health, comfort and quality of life for as long as possible.

Our Senior Pet Wellness Exams are similar to our Annual Wellness Exams, but even more comprehensive and more sharply focused on detecting common health problems that can come with age. We typically phase in the additional testing over a year or two as your pet transitions to senior adulthood and may recommend increased frequency of exams to twice yearly based your pet’s current age, life expectancy, medical history and general health.

In addition to a thorough hands-on examination of your senior pet, Our Senior Pet Wellness Exams include age- and breed-appropriate blood tests, using your pet’s previous test results as a baseline to detect any changes in current results that could signal a developing problem.

In particular, we look for signs of health issues commonly experienced by older pets, such as —

  • Heart, kidney and liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Dental problems, such as decaying and fractured teeth, gum disease and tumors
  • Insulin resistance or diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Breathing problems
  • Circulatory problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Vision or hearing loss
  • Cognitive dysfunction or senility
  • High blood pressure
  • Over- or under-active thyroid
  • Changes in the immune system
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Skin disease

For more information about blood tests, see "Understanding your pet’s bloodwork” in our health tips section.  

Often, based on Senior Pet Wellness Exam results, we are able to recommend ways to improve your pet’s general health and reduce health risk factors, detect emerging diseases and correct or delay a disease’s progression. 

Our goal is to catch emerging degeneration or disease in the early stages when treatment and ongoing management options have the best chances of effectively prolonging and improving your senior pet’s life.