Senior Health Programs – Dog & Cat
The Senior Health Program contains all the elements of the Adult Health Program, as well as a focus on the conditions that may start affecting pets as they enter their senior years. The timing of the transition into senior status varies from one individual to the next, and there is no exact age when they become a “senior”. Generally smaller dogs and cats have a longer lifespan than giant breed dogs. Giant breeds are considered “senior citizens” at age 5 or 6, while toy breed dogs and cats may be considered seniors from 9 years of age. Some of the additional components included in the Senior Health Program are listed below.
- Urine tests. May detect early indicators of kidney disease and diabetes.
- Blood tests. Establish base line values especially for kidney and liver function parameters and blood glucose levels. These are then monitored at 6 to 12 monthly intervals.
- Thyroid hormone level. In cats if they display symptoms of hyperthyroidism.
- Mobility assessment. May include x-rays if indicated where mobility appears to be impaired