Seniors at seven
Dogs age much more rapidly than people, and are considered to be seniors at seven years of age. Dental care and routine examinations are a very important part of their wellness.
Seven years and older:
Annual Physical Exam
3 year rabies
Bordatella (Kennel Cough) every 6 months
DHLPP every 3 years
Canine Influenza annually
Fecal – one fecal per dog every 6 months
Heartworm test annually
Preventative senior labwork:
Includes 25 Chemistry panel, complete blood count (cbc), urinalysis, and T4
Chest and abdominal x-rays
Veterinarians depend on laboratory results to help them understand the status of your pet’s health. When your pet is healthy, laboratory tests provide a means to determine your pet’s “baseline” values. When your pet is sick, the veterinarian can more easily determine whether or not your pet’s lab values are abnormal by comparing the baseline values to the current values.
Complete Blood Count - This common test measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a given sample of blood. The numbers and types of these cells give the veterinarian information needed to help diagnose anemia, infections and leukemia.
Urinalysis -- Laboratory analysis of urine is a tool used to detect the presence of one or more specific substances that normally do not appear in urine, such as protein, sugar, white blood cells or blood. A measurement of the dilution or concentration of urine is also helpful in diagnosing diseases. Urinalysis can assist the veterinarian in the diagnosis of urinary-tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems and many other conditions.
Blood-Chemistry Panel -- Blood-chemistry panels measure electrolytes, enzymes and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorous. This information helps your veterinarian determine how various organs, such as the kidneys, pancreas, and liver, are currently functioning.
*If pet is showing symptoms other diagnostic tests may be recommended