Geriatric Care

Why should I have my pet tested when I see no signs of illness or disease?
Many of the problems we discover when a pet is acting sick, have really been present for many months or even years before the signs appear.  Once symptoms are noticeable there is already irreversible organ damage. By having regular exams and testing, many diseases can be found before symptoms occur.

Why is early detection better than waiting until problems arenoticeable?
Testing and early treatment are important to:

  • prevent permanent damage to vital organs
  • minimize the discomfort associated with disease
  • avoid complications that can occur with a disease process

What are the common problems that can be present without obvious signs?
Here are some of the commonly seen problems that can sneak up on your pet:

  • Bladder Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Thyroid Tumors
  • Liver Disease
  • Infections
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Certain Cancers
  • Heartworm Disease
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Anemias
  • Parasitic Disease
  • Dental disease
  • Ear infections
  • Skin cancer

What are subtle signs I should look for that might indicate a problem?
You know your pet. Don’t ignore these signs:

  • Occasional but persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Change in appetite – up or down
  • Lower activity level
  • Change in water intake or urination
  • Bad breath
  • Shaking head – scratching- chewing- hair loss
  • Persistent cough
  • Acting less sociable