Passing the senior test

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: October 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Thanks to good care, pets are living longer than ever. But when they reach the latter quarter of their expected life spans, pets are considered seniors at greater risk of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease and problems with joints, kidneys, the heart and the liver. That’s when veterinarians recommend exams and laboratory testing every six months.

Laboratory tests can show problems before they crop up in exams. A complete blood count reveals anemia, infection and some cancers, while a chemistry panel highlights abnormal organ function. Fecal examination detects parasites as well as digested blood and bacterial imbalance. And a urinalysis signals urinary tract infection, diabetes, dehydration and kidney problems.

Here’s hoping your senior pet passes his tests with flying colors for years to come!