Thanks to advances in veterinary care, pets are living longer now than ever before. However, they still require special care as they age. Regular wellness examinations, x-rays, and ultrasounds allow veterinarians to detect problems in older pets before they advance or become life threatening, allowing your best friend to live a longer and happier life. Recently, veterinarians have begun to utilize these tests to check senior animals for development of dangerous diseases that they become more prone to as they age.
X-rays allow veterinarians to check for the beginning of congestive heart failure, lung disease, and arthritis, while bloodwork shows kidney and liver health, as well as immune-mediated blood disorders like anemia. Ultrasounds allow diagnosis of prostatic disease, bladder tumors or stones, kidney stones, and splenic or hepatic masses.
While these tests can be expensive, they allow the early detection of diseases that can reduce your pet’s life expectancy and are very important. At Northside Animal Clinic, we are devoted to improve their quality of life and allow their pet parents to enjoy more enjoyable times with their four-legged family member.