Although some age-related diseases in your pet cannot be treated, the early detection of others can delay or at least minimise their effect on your pet’s quality of life. Some diseases can be very effectively treated if detected early enough.
It can be very difficult for us to detect the early sub-clinical signs of age-related disease in our pets. Many treatable or preventable diseases may have no obvious signs early in their course. This is why veterinarians often suggest routine laboratory tests during our own physical exams.
The following is a description of the most commonly suggested diagnostic screening tests together with the most frequent abnormalities discovered:
Complete Blood Count (CBC) – Blood test to evaluate the number and type of red, white, and clotting cells. Abnormal values can be associated with bacterial or viral infection, anaemia, clotting diseases, and certain types of cancers.
Chemistry Profile (Chem) – Blood test to evaluate the function of many internal organs. Abnormalities can indicate systemic disorders including diabetes, kidney or liver disease, and electrolyte abnormalities.
Thyroid Hormone Level (T4) – Blood test to measure the amount of circulating thyroid hormone. Deficiency is common in both dogs and cats, and can lead to lethargy, weight gain, and dermatological problems. In more senior cats, signs ans symptoms may also include weight loss, increased appetite, thirst, and heart problems.
For patients over seven years of age, we recommend testing every 12 months. This allows us not only to spot when something is abnormal, but also to track changes in values which may be a concern.
During May and June, Bulimba Vet are offering Senior Health Starter consultations. This not only includes a thorough examination with the vet but also screening laboratory tests at a special bundled price. For more information or to book your pet for their Senior Health Starter, call the clinic on 3899 1495 or contact u s via email on email@example.com