Senior Pet Wellness Awareness


BloomingPaws Veterinarians have experience in treating
many illnesses. Our Vet Clinic would like to share some facts in
spreading awareness for senior pets and the health care of
these pets in Bloomington, Indiana.

Topics covered in this article: What is Senior Pet Wellness? |
Screenings for Senior Pets | Goals of Senior Pet Wellness |

Scheduling regular veterinary exams is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your dog healthy and happy throughout his or her lifespan, and this becomes even more important as your pet ages. As dogs and cats enter their senior years, which occurs usually around 7 or 9 years of age, twice-a-year wellness exams and laboratory tests will be recommended. Remember, our pets age more rapidly during their senior years, and the risk of developing a chronic condition or serious disease also increases.

What is Senior Pet Wellness?

  • It helps provide our veterinarians with a comprehensive medical history
  • It involves a complete physical exam every 6 months, which includes
    • Monitoring for weight loss or gain
    • Checking the overall appearance of your pet and abnormalities of the heart, lungs, eyes, ears, teeth and gums, thyroid gland, skin and hair coat
  • Age-related testing (see below)
  • Preventative health recommendations

Screening Tests for Our Senior Pets

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC): This test helps in the diagnosis of infection, anemia and bleeding problems, and it may provide insight into the status of your dog’s immune system.
  • Serum Chemistry Profile: This test is used for assessing the status of the liver, kidneys, pancreas and other organs.
  • Thyroid Profile: This test is used to look at metabolism.
    • In dogs, low thyroid levels (metabolism) are a common condition that can lead to many other health problems.
    • In cats, high thyroid levels (metabolism) are a common condition that can lead many other health problems.
  • Urinalysis: A urine sample will be checked for evidence of infection and to assess kidney function.
  • Fecal Analysis: A fecal sample will be checked for evidence of parasites and unusual bacteria and protozoa.
  • Other Tests: Your veterinarian may recommend additional testing, including radiography (x-rays), abdominal ultrasonography, and blood pressure measurement.

What are the Goals of Senior Pet Wellness?

  • Ensuring your pet is healthy.
  • Establishing baseline values for comparison with future test results.
  • Helping our veterinarians make preventative care recommendations to delay onset or progression of certain diseases.
  • Helping our veterinarians detect disease or conditions in their early stages when they may still be treated or controlled effectively.

For the month of May, BloomingPaws is providing 10% off all
bloodwork & urinalysis for senior (over 7 years) dogs and cats.

If you have any more questions or concerns about your pet
and Senior Wellness, please call our veterinarians at 812-330-7297.