Primary Care

Geriatric Medicine

When your pet reaches his or her "golden years" they require special care and more comprehensive regular evaluation. In addition to twice yearly wellness examinations, your VCA veterinarian will likely recommend certain screening tests. These tests enable your veterinarian to provide an early diagnosis for some of the common diseases that affect older pets. Early diagnosis allows for more effective treatment or management. A combination of more regular examinations, as well as various screening tests, ensure that your pet receives the best care as he or she ages. Because our pets age much faster than we do, we need to do all we can to watch carefully and frequently for any developing problems. If your senior pet is already facing an illness or disability that can come with aging, your veterinarian will work with you to maintain the highest quality of life for your pet.