Dogs are considered senior at the age of 7, and cats at the age of 10. At this time, it is important they see a veterinarian for regular health examinations, even if they appear to be in good health.
A diagnostic tool that is frequently recommended at these visits is a comprehensive blood panel. This is a blood test that makes sure your pet is producing healthy, and an adequate number of red blood cells (which carry oxygen throughout the body), white blood cells (which are important in immune response), and platelets (which are responsible for helping the blood clot). It also checks the function of many internal organs such as the kidneys, liver, and thyroid.
Animals cannot tell us when they are feeling unwell, and usually by the time we see symptoms like excessive urination, excessive drinking, decreased appetite, weight loss or weight gain your pet is probably feeling pretty yucky!
These tests can help detect disease before it starts to affect your pet. Even though they may appear to be healthy, a blood test can let us know what is truly going on and help us start treatment early. This can not only prevent discomfort for your pet but also help improve the quality and longevity of their life.
During the months of October and November, we are offering special senior blood panels to help support our patients. For more information please contact the clinic.
Written by Kaitlyn Sammut, RVT