Prevention is the best and least expensive medicine. Early detection can aid in the prevention of many diseases. The geriatric workup that we recommend includes the items listed below, as well as, having x-rays taken and having a complete urinalysis. This is very important at this age in life.
The geriatric lab work needs to be done on a pet that is seven years or older because at this age most pets are entering their “golden years”. Just as many humans need special medical attention, as pets grow older they do too. Today, veterinarians have many choices of special diets, therapies, and medication available to help improve the quality of life for older pets.