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Veterinary Geriatrics

With pets routinely living to old age these days due to advances in veterinarian medicine and the increase in information about preventative health measures, Whitworth Animal Clinic offers a range of veterinary geriatrics services in Madison and the surrounding areas. Just like humans who face more health issues as they age, as animals grow older they also have a greater risk of developing diseases and health problems such as arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, vision loss, and dental disease. Not only can these health problems and diseases cut your pet’s life short; they can also rob your pet of a high quality of life, leaving them in pain or restricting their activity level.

However, your elderly pet doesn’t have to live this way. Many of the aforementioned diseases and health issues can be treated and managed effectively when diagnosed at an early stage. From his years of experience as a veterinarian in the Madison area, Dr. Whitworth recommends that all animals seven years or older have an annual geriatric evaluation. These evaluations aim to diagnose health problems before they occur, keeping your pet happy and healthy, longer. These annual veterinary geriatric tests include a thorough physical examination as well as a complete blood count, blood chemistry profile, urinalysis, and radiography.

After the exam, Dr. Whitworth and the Whitworth Animal Clinic staff analyze the results in our in-house laboratory, attempting to identify any current or future problems for your pet. Not only will addressing potential health issues early give your pet a great chance to get the most out of life, but these tests can save you money by allowing your pet to be treated with medication over time rather than through an emergency procedure or animal hospital care.

If you have a pet that is seven years or older, contact Dr. Whitworth and our staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic today so that you can take advantage of our Madison veterinary geriatric services and keep your elderly pet happy, healthy, and full of energy.