Senior Pet Care & Wellness Exams

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At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, our loyal senior pets are treated to special care. More frequent exams allow us to catch developing problems early, and provide treatments that are less invasive, more comfortable, and less expensive in the long run. Senior wellness planning is designed to keep your old friends healthy and vigorous for years to come.

Senior Wellness Exams

We see your senior pet at least twice a year to maintain good health and address any concerns. At these visits, we discuss your companion’s changing nutritional needs, exercise options, behavioral indicators of age-related illness, skin care and grooming needs, and much more. Dental exams become more critical as your pet ages, and we address these needs during each visit, as well.

Wellness Testing for Senior Pets

Wellness testing helps maintain your senior pet’s health and prevent disease by promoting early detection and treatment of illnesses. Having established a baseline for your pet during the early years, we compare current test results to that baseline for an accurate health profile.

Pets six years of age and older are given a more comprehensive health profile compared to younger pets, consisting of:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Complete chemistry and electrolytes
  • Thyroid analysis
  • Urinalysis
  • Feline AIDS and leukemia test (indoor/outdoor felines only)
  • Chest X-rays

Health checkups are recommended every six months for pets over six years of age. Bi-annual exams allow your doctor to monitor for the development of cataracts, heart murmurs, and abdominal masses that are more common in geriatric pets.

The VPI PAWS Wellness System

Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital now offers the VPI PAWS system for pet wellness care. PAWS provides an exclusive online portal that allows you to view your pet’s preventive and wellness care treatment history, track your preventive care services, and update credit card and billing information.

The PAWS system allows our pet owners to enjoy monthly payment plans that help spread the cost of preventive care over time. You can also obtain comprehensive protection for unexpected veterinary care with an optional discounted VPI Pet Insurance policy. Finally, a custom toll-free telephone number is available if you need personal assistance.

The greatest benefit of all, however, is for your pets. Studies have shown that regular preventive care results in detecting and treating diseases earlier, leading to increased longevity and a better quality of life.

Keep your pet healthy throughout the golden years. Wellness plans offer services that protect your pet and save you money. Contact our hospital to discuss a pet wellness plan that meets the needs of your senior companion.