Senior Pet Wellness in Highlands Ranch, CO
By taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your senior aged pet, you have taken the first step toward ensuring your pet leads a healthy and happy life for many years to come.
Pets in their senior years – those of about seven years of age and older – begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. This process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care, which offers your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet’s age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.
There is also an important role for you to play as your pet’s primary caregiver. While you cannot completely avoid age-related effects on your pet’s health, you can influence your pet’s activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With your veterinarian’s help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet’s good health, vitality, and increase his or her wellbeing, even as his or her pace slows a bit.
At Rocky Mountain Small Animal Hospital we offer individualized senior care to address the specific needs of older pets. This approach provides both us and you with a baseline to monitor your pet at a time when small changes can be detected and that may identify health problems before they become serious concerns or even life threatening.
Our senior exams consist of a complete physical exam, and include:
- Examination of ears, eyes, and nose
- Oral and teeth exam
- Auscultation of heart and lungs
- Abdominal palpation
- Evaluation of joints and muscles
- Evaluation of any lumps and masses
- Examination of skin and hair coat
Other tests that are available to help your pet are:
- Glaucoma check
- Complete blood count
- Complete urinalysis
- Heartworm test
- Abdominal and chest radiographs
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Full chemistry blood panel
- Internal parasite test
- Thyroid test
- Electrocardiogram as recommended
These tests are not time intensive or difficult to do and can be performed during routine wellness exams.
We offer senior care both in our hospital and in our boarding facility.