Stoneybrook Animal Hospital recommends regular physical examinations, vaccinations, parasite prevention, and nutrition, which all contribute to the health and well being of our precious pets. As a part of providing preventive health care to pets, we encourage clients to have a blood and urine analysis (or “wellness” profile) done on their pets annually. This is particularly valuable for dogs and cats who are 8 years of age and older.
Why pets over 8 years of age? The pet/human age equivalence chart below shows that pets at 8 years of age and older are equivalent to a human at around 50 years of age, and older. They may be at increased risk of developing age-related problems such as arthritis, diabetes, liver, kidney, and thyroid diseases. In the chart below, the shaded areas identify the senior pet.
The “wellness” profile gives us additional information on your pet’s overall health, which we cannot obtain from only their annual physical examination. Since our pets cannot talk to us, we find this information very useful. It also provides a baseline for comparison with future profile results, and monitors your pet’s health by comparing values to previous profiles. If your pet is 8 years of age or older, and has not had a “wellness” profile in the past year, we recommend that you call us to discuss the benefits of this testing for your pet.
As pets age, they also develop different nutritional needs. Our senior pets may need different amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Feeding an appropriate senior diet and maintaining your pet at his or her optimal weight can have a positive effect on energy level and their overall health. During the month of February, our hospital Celebrates Seniors! Please contact us to find out about special programs we have running during the month, to help our senior patients.