Primary Care

Geriatric Medicine

In the early stages, some of your senior pet’s problems may not be obvious and the gradual onset of health problems, in an apparently healthy pet, often goes unnoticed. Diagnostic tests such as a complete blood panel, complete blood count, thyroid levels, urinalysis, thoracic and abdominal radiographs or ultrasound are important means to evaluate your pet’s health.

NOTE! Cats hide symptoms and pain much more than dogs. So keep a close watch for changes in your aging cat. If your pet exhibits any of these conditions please discuss them with your veterinarian.

• Vocalization
• Increased thirst
• Increased urination
• Loss of housetraining
• Less interaction with family
• Coughing
• Tires easily
• Confusion or disorientation
• Behavior changes – aggression, fear, or shyness