Animal Hospital of Parkland PLLC

12212 Pacific Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98444

(253)536-1505

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Canine Golden Age

Comprehensive Health Screen

 

When your dog approaches a certain age, we consider him or her to be a "senior" dog. This is the time when age related problems may start to surface. Different breeds and types of dogs age at different rates. As a guideline the following can be used:

 

 

 

Normal Weight (lbs.) 

Senior Age (years) 

Less than 8 

10 

9-50 

12 

51-90 

90 and over 

Special Breeds 

Ask the Veterinarian 

 

 

 

If your dog has reached this age or is older, you may have already noticed some changes in its outward appearance. What you may not notice however, is how its changing on the inside.

Aging is a natural process, producing changes in body metabolism, hormone balance, and sensory perception. There is an overall gradual decline in the body?s metabolic rate. Decreased drug tolerance, inability to regulate body temperature, decreased caloric needs, and decreased immunity to diseases accompany the decline. Progressive degeneration of hormone producing organs can result in associated diseases. The ability to taste, smell, see, and hear also diminishes with age.

Physical and behavioral signs may reflect some of these bodily changes. Physical signs can include a cloudiness of the eyes; a thinning of hair coat; decreased tolerance of the cold; flabby skin; prominent spine and hips; joint stiffness or lameness; graying of the muzzle; muscle atrophy; and deafness. Behaviorally the older dog or cat is less tolerant of environmental changes, sleeps more, is less active, and may seem more irritable.

With appropriate veterinary care and nutrition, your dog?s senior years can be a healthy and happy time. You are the key to making this happen.

 

Remember: your dog ages 5 to 7 years for every one of yours.

 

This suggests that health problems in your dog can progress 5 to 7 times faster and therefore, more frequent checkups are necessary. By working together, we can prevent or treat many of the problems that could rob you dog of its quality of life.

With the careful health monitoring we provide, many problems can be prevented or with early diagnosis, treated more successfully. We recommend bringing your senior dog to our clinic at least once a year for a comprehensive wellness examination. As your dog becomes older or begins to show some of the signs of these age related problems we may recommend certain tests be ran more frequently. Our Health Care program tries to promote health by focusing on the body systems that are most affected by aging

The cost for the program as of June 6, 2014 is $495.50. The cost for these services if ordered individually would be $668.60.  By packaging the program this way we can make it more economical for you to give your dog the best and most comprehensive general diagnostic screening we provide.

Prices are subject to change, so please confirm the current fee when calling for an appointment.

 

The program includes the following:

 

Y Two Scheduled Exams & Consults

Y Geriatric Panel Blood Profile

Y Urinalysis

Y Fecal Float

Y Chest X-rays, 2 views Reviewed by a Radiologist

Y Electrocardiogram

Y Core Vaccinations when Due

Y Free Nail Trims for 1 year

Y 10% off Veterinary Services and Prescription Drugs for 1 year for this pet

 

Discount does not apply to diets, or non prescription items and cannot be used in combination with other discounts.

Your pet?s quality of life is important to us. Please call us today at (253) 536-1505 with your questions or to make an appointment for your pet?s Golden Age Wellness Examination. By working together we have an opportunity to help make these the best years of you and your dogs life together.