As cats move into the senior phase of life, they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. Diseases and conditions that are commonly known to affect older people also affect our feline companions: kidney, heart and liver disease, cancer, diabetes and other hormonal conditions, arthritis, neurologic diseases, and a variety of metabolic conditions. In addition, cats’ nutritional requirements can change as they age due to a change in their metabolic rates and nutrient need.
|Comparative Ages of Cats and Humans|
|Cat Years||Human Years|
Your cat is considered to be a “senior” at 7 years of age. Since cats age more rapidly than people (see age chart), dramatic changes in health can occur in as little as 3 to 6 months.
Studies have shown that as many as 17% of middle age and older cats that appear healthy upon physical examination have underlying disease. Once signs appear, the conditions may be more difficult or costly to diagnose or treat.
Irvine Veterinary Services has developed a healthcare program specifically for our senior patients. Our goal is to maximize the length and quality of your pet’s life through nutritional counseling, careful evaluation of body systems, and detection of diseases and conditions early, when treatment and prevention are most effective.
|Our Senior Wellness Package includes the following:|
|Complete Physical Exam||Routine check of ears, eyes, skin, heartand lungs, abdomen, etc.|
|Full Dental Exam||Detects disease of the teeth and gums|
|Senior Blood Profile||Checks organ function, red and whiteblood cell counts, electrolyte levels,screens for hormonal disease|
|Urinalysis||Checks kidney function and screensfor urinary tract disease|
|Ultrasound of the Urinary Bladder||Detects the presence of bladderdisease, tumors, and stones|
|Radiographic Study of Abdomen and Chest||Checks the appearance of heart,lungs, and abdominal organs. Screens for arthritis and other skeletaldiseases.
The package includes a CD of your pet’s radiographs for you to keep.
|Blood Pressure||Checks for hypertension|
|Diet Counseling||Analysis of metabolic and nutrientrequirement specific to your cat|
|Nail Trim||Older cats’ nails tend to overgrow,and can cause problems with nailsthemselves, or with the footpads|
We recommend that these tests and counseling sessions take place at least once a year to ensure optimal healthcare and the best quality of life possible for your beloved pet.
IVS is dedicated to promoting a long and happy life for both you and your pet! Give us a call to set up an appointment for our Senior Wellness Package at either of our Irvine locations. For further information on senior wellness and care, visit the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) website, www.aaha.org.
Senior Feline Preventive Care Program
Annual Program Costs
This program includes:
- Two senior care exams* performed by one of our veterinarians
- Annual Feline Senior Wellness Blood Panel (included Urinalysis and Thyroid Test)
- Core Vaccinations (Feline Distemper, Feline Leukemia and Rabies)
- Two Pedicures