Senior Pet Care in Colorado Springs
As your pet grows older, his health care needs change. It may seem like only yesterday that your pet was a playful puppy or crazy kitten, but animals age more rapidly than humans. The age at which a pet is considered a "senior" varies based on breed and species. At Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital, we consider large-breed dogs to be senior dogs at the age of 6; however, small or toy breeds are considered seniors at 9 years of age. Cats aged 9 years and older are identified as senior pets.
Preventive care is critical for older pets — that’s why the doctors here have developed a comprehensive senior wellness program to help guide your faithful companion through his "golden years." Pets are living much longer (and healthier) lives than ever before thanks in part to medical advances, oral hygiene, nutrition and surgical techniques.
That being said, just like their human counterparts, senior pets are at increased risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer and others. Your older cat or dog may seem healthy; however, many problems common to senior pets may not present symptoms until your pet is seriously ill. Our senior wellness program can help to identify problems early enough to institute preventive healthcare measures.
We recommend testing if your cat or dog is exhibiting ANY of the following symptoms:
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Increased thirst or urination / larger litter clumps
- Changes in appetite
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Poor hair coat
- Unusual behavior
Senior Health Care Program
Along with a thorough physical examination every 6 months performed by our skilled doctors, we recommend comprehensive blood tests on your pet.
Our Fundamental Senior Screening Program includes:
- Physical Exam: An evaluation of all body systems, including the heart, lungs, lymph nodes, teeth, eyes, ears, skin, bones, and joints.
- Blood Chemistry: Test of blood markers for the function of the organs. Early detection of problems allows for a greater number of treatment options.
- Complete Blood Count (CBC): An evaluation of the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelet parameters. This test can detect infection, anemia of chronic disease, and leukemia.
- Urinalysis: This test detects the earliest signs of kidney disease and diabetes, as well as infections that can be detected in the urine.
- Thyroid Screen: A hormonal profile that looks for low production in dogs (hypothyroidism) and high production in cats (hyperthyroidism).
- Blood Pressure Measurement: High blood pressure can lead to kidney problems, heart disease, and blindness.
We may also recommend the following additional screening diagnostics:
- Glaucoma Testing: Measures the pressure in each eye quickly and painlessly using a tonometer. Undetected glaucoma leads to irreversible blindness.
- Chest X-ray: To detect any heart or lung changes and diagnosis of some cancers.
Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital offers a special discounted rate on our senior screening program.
- Fundamental Senior Screening: $216.12
- Fundamental Screening with additional recommended diagnostics: $395.52
The veterinarians and staff at our veterinary hospital want to work closely with you to help keep your senior pet healthy. We encourage you to ask questions or share with us any changes in your pet’s health (decreased energy, difficult hearing, skin conditions, etc.). We understand the close bond you share with your pet and making sure you and your pet enjoy many more years together is our highest priority.