A Junior Wellness Panel is advised for regular health monitoring of all pets less than 6 years of age. Junior Wellness testing allows our doctors to detect problems before becoming a major concern or greater threat to your pet’s health. Junior wellness also establishes baselines that are important in monitoring your pet’s health trends. Junior Wellness testing includes:
- Dogs & Cats: Kidney and liver values, Blood protein levels, Red blood cell, white blood cell and platelet levels.
- Outdoor cats: In addition to the above, cats that visit outdoors are advised to have a Feline leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) test performed every 6-12 months.
Senior Wellness Panels should be performed annually on all pets over 7 years of age for routine monitoring, unless a problem should arise. Testing for dogs and cats includes: kidney and liver values, pancreas, electrolytes, protein levels, thyroid, blood pressure and urine. Senior comprehensive exams include the above-mentioned blood tests plus thoracic and abdominal radiographs to check for possible organ enlargement or tumors. Did you know that obesity is a true disease process which can lead to complications that jeopardize your pet’s health? Conditions such as diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, cardiac disease, and respiratory disease all develop more readily in obese pets. During each veterinary exam, your pet’s body condition score is evaluated. If your pet is found to be overweight or obese, diagnostic testing may be advised to rule out underlying problems. Personalized weight management programs may include special therapeutic diets and an exercise plan. Weekly to monthly clinic weigh-ins are important to check your pet’s progress and stay on track.