As we all know too well, our pets unfortunately age faster than we do and that is why it is so important to monitor the internal, as well as external, changes that occur as they age.

We use senior testing to allow for early detection and treatment of disease so we can maintain health and prevent illness during your pet's senior years.  Early detection of disease often gives us more effective and less costly treatment options.  In addition, senior testing helps establish normal baseline values for your pet, creating a point of comparison for the future.      

While your pet may seem healthy well into senior years, many problems common to senior pets may not present symptoms until your pet becomes seriously ill.      

The veterinarians at East York Veterinary Center recommend testing for all pets at the age of 7 years old and then annually.  A comprehensive senior care program includes:

  • Biannual  physical  examinations
  • Complete  blood  count
  • Complete  chemistry  screen
  • Thyroid  screening
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood  pressure  monitoring
  • Radiographs  of  the  chest  and  abdomen

If you have any questions regarding how a comprehensive senior program can help your pet by identifying problems early enough to institute preventative care measures, please do not hesitate to call and speak to a staff member.

Digital radiography:  Using advanced digital screening, the veterinarians at East York Veterinary Center are able to visualize your pet's internal organs with improved detail.  This technology allows us to be able to manipulate the image for improved contrast and zoom in on areas of interest which reduces the need for prolonged or repeated exposure to radiation.     

Off site ultrasonography:  Our doctors work closely with multiple specialists including an ultrasonographer.  If your pet needs an abdominal ultrasound or an echocardiogram (to evaluate the heart) we can refer you to a nearby specialty facility for this test.  Once the test is performed, we can determine the appropriate treatment and continue your pet's care here, at East York Veterinary Center. 

Digital dental radiography:  The  majority of pets' dental disease occurs below the gum line.  As animals cannot tell us where it hurts, radiographs of your pet's teeth give very useful information regarding the health of the tooth.  With digital radiographs, we can manipulate the image for improved contrast and zoom in on areas of interest, decreasing the need for prolonged or repeated exposure to radiation and reducing the time your pet is under anesthesia.