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8409 West Oak Highway
Seneca, SC 29678
Through regular examinations and testing, we can catch early signs of aging in your dog. This will allow us to treat minor issues before your dog’s quality of life is affected.
Your dog might be considered a “senior” between 6 and 8 years of age depending on several factors, such as his or her lifestyle history, breed, medical history, etc. It is important to know what changes to look for which indicate the need for an examination.
Because dogs age more rapidly than people, dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months. If you notice any of the following signs, we recommend you schedule an appointment to have your dog evaluated:
Decrease in appetite
Bad breath or drooling
Excess urination or increased water intake
Reduced exercise, increased stiffness, trouble jumping or walking
Apparent pain when your dog moves or is handled
Any vomiting or diarrhea
A new lump or growth, especially if it appears to increase in size quickly
Appearance of a distended abdomen (i.e. “pot belly”)
Depression or listless behavior
Heavy or rapid breathing when resting
We recommend senior care exams at least once yearly that include an in-depth analysis of your pet’s overall health. During these exams, we perform any necessary tests and began treatment or management of any conditions we may diagnose.
In general, your pet’s senior care exam will focus on:
A comprehensive senior pet physical exam. Checking your pet's teeth, gums, lymph nodes, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, skin, body weight/body condition score, abdomen, and joints allow us to catch health problems early when they can be most readily treated.
Comprehensive diagnostic testing if needed, such as blood work, urine and fecal analysis, x-rays, blood or eye pressure testing.
Early medical detection and treatment of diseases in your senior dog can only be accomplished through regular examinations and screening tests. Early diagnosis of any problems will allow us to treat quickly so your dog stays healthy and happy for as long as possible.