As your pet ages, changes in behavior, and physical condition inevitably occur. Just as in people, several diseases increase in likelihood as pets age. The good news is that many of these conditions can be controlled or even prevented with early detection and treatment. This is why it is important for the following testing to be done.
What testing does Dr. Gary perform on senior pets?
Physical exam – assess the pet, check for physical changes
Chemistry and t4 – This test evaluates your pet’s liver, kidney, thyroid, and glucose level. Any changes can help identify an over or under active thyroid, kidney or liver failure, or diabetes.
Complete Blood Count(CBC) – CBC- Identifies white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. This helps identify problems such as anemia, infection, and many disease conditions.
Urinalysis – A urinalysis can be an important tool in identifying kidney failure at an early stage. The urine will be evaluated for white blood cells, red blood cells, kidney failure, and crystals which could lead to bladder stones.
Tonometry – This checks for changes in the pressures of the eye and catch glaucoma at an earlier, treatable stage. Glaucoma can be found in all dogs but is more common in certain breeds.
EKG – An EKG records the electrical activity of the heart. It can help detect abnormal rhythms and heart enlargement, both of which can occur in older pets.