Veterinary Care Of Your Senior Dog
last updated 29th, Nov 2012,
The healthier we keep a dog when he is young, the more likely he will be healthy as he grows older. Remember, the status of his vaccinations, deworming, nutrition, dental care and parasite control now, will have a direct effect on his health later. Here are a few check ups you, the owner, should be particular about, to ensure your senior dog ages comfortably:
Oral & Dental Examination: Periodontal disease, common in senior dogs, can cause a dog to stop eating. It can even cause kidney, liver, and heart disease. Have your pet’s teeth cleaned as your veterinarian advises. It should include an examination of mouth, teeth, gums, tongue and throat.
Ophthalmic Exam: Routine procedure may include eye examination for any initial signs of cataracts, glaucoma or dry eye.
Rectal Exam: The vet will examine the inner pelvic area, lymph nodes, prostate gland and urinary system parts.
Hair & Coat: Your vet will check the skin, coat and hair condition.
Parasites: An examination of the skin and ears for any sign of external parasites. A fecal examination should be conducted to identify any internal parasites.
Blood Test: Hemogram, liver function test, kidney function test, etc.
Blood Biochemistry: These tests will include the evaluation of various chemicals, enzymes, proteins, hormones and different electrolytes.
Radiographs: Chest and abdomen radiographs are useful in finding any signs of disease.
Diagnostic Tests: Different diagnostic tests like endoscopy, ultrasound and electro surgery can be used to diagnose heath problems.