Senior Wellness

We know that keeping your pets healthy and happy is one of your top priorities! As your pet ages, they may experience changes in their behavior and health that can be difficult to manage. That’s why keeping them on a schedule of senior wellness checkups is so important. These visits are an excellent way to monitor your pet’s health and provide an opportunity for you to learn more about what changes to anticipate as your pet gets older. Your veterinarian will be able to help you determine what kind of care your pet needs and make recommendations on how best to address whatever issues may arise.

Common Age-Related Diseases:

  • Thyroid Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cognitive Dysfunction

Comprehensive care, all for one simple price of $849 for dogs and $819 for cats.

Our Senior Wellness Assessment includes:

  • Thorough Physical Exam: A hands on exam by a Veterinarian is the hallmark of any good senior evaluation, from nose to tail we look, feel, listen and often smell for abnormalities.
  • Hematology Panel:  Looking for the highs and lows of red and white blood cells gives important information to treat health concerns.
  • Chemistry Panel: 27 different parameters are evaluated to assess the health of major organs such as the Kidney and Liver. 
  • Endocrine Panel: Low Thyroid function in dogs and Excessive Thyroid function in cats are common aging disorders.  Early detection and management can make a successful difference in length of life and well being.
  • Cardiac Panel: Cardiopet proBNP looks for elevation in an enzyme that can indicate heart enlargement & stress, even before it is obvious on X-ray.  Heartworm testing for dogs and cats is crucial in the Gulf Coast area due to year round mosquitos.  Even pets who spend the majority of time indoors can be bitten by an infected mosquito.
  • Viral Screening for Cats:  Viral diseases that commonly effect cats will lay dormant for years until they silently cause damage to a pets internal organs.
  • X-rays: Diagnostic imaging of both the chest & abdomen are evaluated by a Board Certified Radiologist to look for unusual organ enlargement, masses, gallstones, kidney stones, bladder stones, arthritis and any other visual change. 
  • Intestinal Parasite Antigen Exam: If left untreated,  parasites could have serious consequences for your pet’s health and quality of life. We utilize these tests to detect and monitor common parasites such as hookworms roundworms and whipworms, which are also contagious to humans.
  • Urinalysis: The analysis of urine allows us to detect early signs of diseases such as diabetes mellitus or kidney failure. If detected early enough, these diseases can be managed effectively with timely intervention.

Pet Parents always want to know what can help their loved furry family members to not just live longer life’s but to add quality to the life they live.

That is our goal also, to provide the resources and tools to detect medical problems related to the aging process early enough to make a difference.  No one can turn back the hands of time and stop aging but we can help aging to be more comfortable for pets and less disheartening for pet parents.

Should you have pet insurance, the Senior Wellness Assessment is a perfect fit to identify health concerns so pet insurance can provide the financial support to address them.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful and eventually crippling disorder that effects humans and animals as they grow older, it causes physical and emotional changes in our pets. Fortunately, we have newer and better management medications that are safe for long term use.  Solensia for cats and Librela for dogs are the first FDA approved monoclonal antibody injections to successfully treat OA pain long term for our pets. 

Learn about the signs of OA pain which can be subtle.

Review this brief check list to evaluate your dog for OA:

Review this brief check list to evaluate your cat for OA:

We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment today or call us at 713-344-1570 to discover how Haven Veterinary Clinic can help your senior pet!