Like us, our pets can begin to suffer from a variety of age-related conditions as the years go by, but unlike people, our furry family members cannot tell us when things begin to change about their health. Often, disease conditions can be advanced by the time our pets reveal the problem in an obvious way which makes preventative screening critical to healthy aging.
As your pet ages, our goal at SAH is to make certain that we are addressing any health concerns as they arise in order to make certain that our patients experience the best possible quality of life. Preventative medicine may rely less on vaccinations at this stage of life and focus instead on baseline screening tests such as:
- Labwork including a chemistry panel, complete blood cell count, thyroid level and urinalysis.
- Radiographs to screen for arthritis, heart disease, tumors, etc.
- Abdominal ultrasound to better evaluate for more advanced disease processes
If you notice any of the symptoms listed below, please call to schedule an aging consult with one of our doctors:
- Unexplained weight gain/loss
- Changes in appetite/water consumption
- Signs of joint pain/stiffness after exercise
- Behavior changes like confusion or anxiety at night
Hospice and Euthanasia Services
Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We work with clients to ensure their pet’s comfort and dignity throughout their geriatric years and also during their final days. Our professional staff can provide you with a personalized plan that will help you address the specific needs of you and your beloved pet.
The decision to euthanize your pet is an extremely personal and emotional one, and all of our staff is deeply committed to helping guide and support you as you walk that road with your companion. At this stage, our loving staff will take the time to patiently and thoroughly explain all of your options, ensuring that you are able to take the right course of action for both you and your pet.
You and your companion deserve senior pet care you can trust and depend on. Learn more about how we can serve all of your veterinary needs today by contacting us for more information.