Waddles and the importance of regular check ups for senior pets
Last month we were visited by a lovely Maltese x Shih Tzu named Waddles. She was primarily at the vets for her annual vaccination and check up. Given that she is 10 years old, Waddles was booked in as a senior pet. Senior consultations are generally longer as more time is required to discuss particular changes that may be developing in your senior pet, and often samples need to be collected for testing. As part of her check up, a small amount of blood was taken from Waddles to assess some basic parameters, which can give us an idea about her overall health.
These routine tests revealed changes were evident in Waddles' liver. The reason behind these changes can vary from animal to animal, so further tests were conducted, including an ultrasound of her abdomen. This scan revealed that Waddles has an adrenal mass - this is currently being closely monitored while other testing is being conducted, with more results expected to be available soon.
This case highlights the importance of regular senior check ups combined with appropriate screening tests to ensure any changes that may be developing are noticed and, hopefully, resolved early. If your pet is over 8 years of age, they are classified as being a senior pet. To discuss senior check ups, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at Blackburn Vet Centre.