Pets age approximately seven years for every one human year; that means problems can arise quickly. Also, pets can’t tell us when they’re sick or in pain, so we have to discover their troubles ourselves. Symptoms can be subtle, and mistaken for “aging”, so seniors often develop issues that gradually get worse.
The team at Stonebridge Animal Hospital in McKinney, Texas strives to maintain optimum health in older pets, when they are likely to develop problems that diminish their quality of life. We partner with pet owners to detect all problems that can develop; communication with pet owners is important, and we recommend twice-yearly comprehensive physical examinations and specialized testing for senior patients.
Our senior blood panels are designed to detect early problems in the kidneys, heart and lungs, liver, and all body systems. Along with the CBC and serum chemistry panels with electrolytes, we add tests for thyroid function, chest X-rays, blood pressure and EKG, and urine testing to find illness and design the most effective treatment programs.
Unlike other McKinney Veterinarians, we have special programs available to our pet patients and their owners. Our Partners in Wellness Senior Programs provide deluxe care for our senior patients while owners saving hundreds of dollars each year. These programs cover all of the testing and examinations, along with:
- Chest X-Rays
- Urine analysis
- Thyroid testing
- Blood Pressure testing
- Dental cleaning and polishing
Pain is often a major problem for seniors; that’s why we invested in Laser Therapy and Stem Cell Implantation Technology – to control pain and lameness in pets that could only suffer in the past. We’re using this breakthrough technology on dozens of patients already.
Please watch for some of these common symptoms in your pets:
- “Slowing down” with less activity and interest
- Increased thirst or loss of urinary control – these are major symptoms seen with many diseases
- Weight gain or loss; changes in weight Any discharge or odor from your pet’s mouth
- Lameness in any limb, decreased activity, difficulty in getting up or climbing stairs
- Changes in or loss of hearing and/or eyesight
- Chronic diarrhea or vomiting
- Mouth odor, oral discharges, or difficulty chewing
- New or changing lumps and bumps