Preventive Care Exam
A thorough physical exam is the foundation of your pet's health care. It is critical to the care of all animals, from the very young to "senior citizens." Because young animals change rapidly, we examine them thoroughly at each of their puppy or kitten visits. We recommend annual physicals for mature pets and semi-annual physicals for senior pets. Don't forget; pets age faster than people do! One dog year is approximately equal to seven human years.
Our veterinarians devote a good deal of time to your pet's preventive care exam. This allows us to do a thorough examination and advise you on all aspects of your pet's care, including nutrition and behavior. We listen to your pet's heart and lungs, evaluate his or her vision, check for unusual lumps, look at your pet's teeth and check your pet's joints for swelling or stiffness.This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a preventive care examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. These exams help us get to know your pet and treat him or her more effectively.
Exams give a complete picture of your pet's health and are useful in detecting diseases and other health problems in the early stages before they become more difficult, and more expensive, to treat.
Senior Preventive Care Exam
Senior pets have special needs. By taking the time to learn more about these needs, you've taken the first step toward ensuring your pet leads a healthy and happy life for many more years.
Pets in their senior years – those of about six years of age and older – begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. This process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.
There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With your veterinarian's help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her wellbeing, even as his or her pace slows a bit.
At Southport Animal Hospital we offer a Senior Preventive Care Plan personalized to address the specific needs of your older dog or cat. This plan provides us and you a baseline to monitor your pet at a time when small changes can be detected and that will help us identify health problems before they become serious concerns or even life threatening.
Our senior plan includes:
Complete blood count
Abdominal and chest radiographs
Blood pressure monitoring
Full chemistry blood panel
Internal parasite test
Electrocardiogram as recommended
These tests are not time intensive or difficult to do and can be performed during routine wellness exams