Yearly or twice yearly physical exams and blood work are important in discerning changes, as signs of common illnesses in older cats can be subtle. Cats rarely show outward signs of dental disease or early kidney problems, which when more promptly treated can lead to a longer and improved quality of life.
Senior Physical Exams
During your pet’s senior exam, a thorough physical exam including palpation of joints, evaluation of sight an hearing can be performed, as well as looking for any skin masses. We often recommend more frequent blood work to monitor chronic diseases and medications which your pet may be on. Make sure to bring a list of all medications, as well as supplements which your cat is receiving. Closely monitoring your senior pet’s activity, appetite, mobility and thirst can give us clues to changes, which when managed early on can often lead to a better quality of life for our aging companion.