Preventative medicine is the key to having a healthy pet. At Azalea Lakes Veterinary Clinic, preventative care measures that we recommend and offer to all clients includes:
- • Annual Wellness Exams
- • Vaccinations
- • Routine Blood Work
- • Geriatric Exams and Screening Blood Work
- • Fecal Exams and Deworming
- • Monthly Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention
- • Parish Rabies Tags
- • Interstate & International Health Certificates for travel
- • Spaying and Neutering
- • Nutritional Counseling
- • Behavioral Counseling
- • Dental Care
- • Home Again Microchips and Registration
- • Physical Exams, fecals, and vaccinations on exotic patients
Are you aware that pets age much faster than people and can be considered "seniors" at around 7 years of age? Just as our health care needs change as we age, your pet's health care needs also change. Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet's daily routine can change as your pet ages. How can you tell the difference between "normal" aging and a medical problem? As in humans, some health issues that affect older pets can begin with very subtle changes that may go unnoticed until the problem has become serious.
Regular wellness visits are important for every stage of your pet's life, so don't forget to keep your senior pet's scheduled wellness appointments. The best way to help protect your pet as he or she ages is to understand the aging process in pets, which we do. Even if your senior pet is already being treated for a medical condition, treatment recommendations can change as a condition progresses. Sometimes medication dosages need to be adjusted, or medication may need to be changed. Routine wellness blood work and other routine diagnostic testing are important for senior pets because these tests allow us to evaluate how your pet's health is either responding to current management strategies or changing with age.
Your senior pet's wellness examination is also your chance to have us address any of your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions and encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet's health care. Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet's health care. We are here to help ensure that your pet is safe and happy throughout the "golden years."
Whether your pet is a puppy or a kitten, young adult, or senior, come see us at Azalea Lakes Veterinary Clinic for your pet health care needs. If you live in or near the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, we would love to get to know you and your pets and start them on a journey of healthy and happy living.