Recent life stage guidelines by the CVO (The College of Veterinarians Ontario) emphasize the importance of a thorough consultation and physical exam at all dog and cat life stages. Visit frequency and testing references should be familiar as your pet ages. Senior and aged pets should be seen at least semi-annually to allow for the earlier intervention of chronic disease.
At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Laboratory Service. We are known as one of the best veterinary diagnostic labs in Kingston open 7 days a week.
Laboratory service testing, including complete blood count, chemistry panel, urinalysis, and infectious disease screening is one of the best methods to identify some common medical conditions that may not be identified through history and physical exam alone. Recent studies have confirmed the extensive presence of laboratory abnormalities in healthy-appearing dogs and cats.
Common senior pet health issues
As pets age, organ systems often begin to depreciate due to factors such as genetics, breed, or their environment. Frequently, the exact cause of an age-related illness is not resolute. The good news is that many of these diseases can be effectively treated and observed with early analysis. These include (but are not limited to):
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- Degenerative joint disease
- Dental disease
- Endocrine disease
- Thyroid disease
- Adrenal gland disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Intestinal disease
Patient swerving throughout the pet’s life can be very useful in predicting disease as opposed to waiting for the pet to become indicative and to test for the harshness of disease. With patient trending, the veterinarian at vet clinic Kingston performs diagnostic tests regularly over the life of the pet to look for subtle changes, such as changes in kidney values that may indicate early disease before raises beyond the reference interval. Prevailing earlier may allow for improved longevity and quality of life.
Benefits of preventive testing for senior pets
- Assesses your pet’s internal organ health. Liver, kidney, and thyroid diseases are common and can be treated once diagnosed.
- It’s non-invasive. Advanced testing can be performed with a brief vet clinic in Kingston visit and a small blood, fecal, or urine sample.
- It reveals your pet’s true health status. Your pet can’t talk and will hide disease naturally laboratory service testing helps identify issues that pets cannot speak to.
- It provides a clean bill of health inside and out. Veterinarians at vet clinics in Kingston can detect disease earlier with regular testing and trending results.
Pet owners are welcome to visit our Animal hospital in Kingston. We have the best Bio Chemists with years of experience who have done their jobs in the veterinary diagnostic lab incredibly.