My senior dog is coming in for an annual exam, what should I expect?
As our dogs age there are some slight changes to their routine annual exam. Although all of the previous areas are still addressed, there are some additional concerns that come with their advancing age.
A complete exam- check from nose to tail, including
– Checking eyes, ears, mouth and teeth- many senior dogs may be showing signs of dental disease, and we may recommend a dental cleaning.
– Heart and Lung Sounds
– Feel abdomen
– Check temperature
– Weight check
– Discuss any questions or concerns
– Fecal analysis to check for intestinal parasites
– Update Vaccines: Rabies, Distemper (DHPP), Lyme, and Bordetella (if needed)
– It is important as our dogs age to protect them against these diseases, often their immune system is weaker as they age and they can be more susceptible to viruses. Also, when our senior pet gets sick, often their immune system is not as effective at fighting disease as it was in their younger days.
– Wellness Bloodwork: we recommend that blood values be checked yearly to watch for many metabolic problems. We can often find a sign of trouble before your dog is showing any signs.
– Sometimes when a pet is on a medication continuously, or there is a medical concern we may recommend blood work every 6 months.
– Heartworm blood test, including screening for tick borne diseases
– Pick up more Heartworm/ Intestinal parasite prevention- Interceptor
– Pick up more Flea/ Tick prevention- Vectra 3D