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At Waunakee Vet Clinic we stress wellness above all.  With many illnesses, early detection makes all the difference! Our senior pets receive a thorough exam which will help your veterinarian to detect disease or cancer.  The physical exam allows for an evaluation of a tip of nose to tip of tail exam, which includes the following:

  • Eye exam
  • Ear exam
  • Lymph node ("glands") palpation
  • Evaluating and measuring of skin and subcutaneous masses ("lumps and bumps")
  • Abdominal palpation
  • Joint mobility
  • Body weight trend

Senior Pet Blood Screen and Urinalysis

Our suggested senior wellness screening panel is as follows:

  • Blood chemistries: allows us to assess whole body function
  • Kidney function (BUN, Creatinine, Phosphorus)
  • Gastrointestinal tract (Protein, electrolytes)
  • Liver Function (ALT, ALP, GGT, Bilirubin, Albumin)
  • Regulatory hormones (Glucose, Calcium)

Complete Blood Count: an assessment of red and white blood cells size, shape and amounts which may indicate diseases such as infection, cancers, bone marrow issues, bleeding disorders

Thyroid level:  to help determine if your pet's thyroid hormone (the metabolism hormone) is low or high which can govern weight gain or loss, energy level and appetite.

Urinalysis: an analysis of a urine sample to check for a bladder infection and assess kidney function

Chest Radiographs

Checking chest radiographs (x-rays) will help get a clear picture of your pet's internal organs.  X-rays can provide important medical information to Dr. Arnett and Dr. Abrams that blood tests, urinalysis, and physical exams may not.  Chest tumors are virtually undetectable without x-rays.  Chest x-rays can allow us to evaluate heart size and lung patterns, as well.