By: Dr. Doron Neri and Dr. Naama Manor
As a rule of thumb, from the age of 6 to 8 years we regard our pets as middle aged, and from 10 to 12 years – they are senior citizens. Studies show that 20% of all dogs and cats above 6 yrs of age will have some abnormalities in their screening blood work without showing any clinical signs or suspected findings in their physical exam.
Early detection of medical problems (heart, kidney, liver disease and of course cancer) is of upmost importance since it has a crucial effect on the chances for recovery. Following is an outline of the different screening exams available for the early detection of problems before they become clinically apparent.
A none invasive exam which demonstrates the size of the abdominal organs (stomach, liver, spleen, kidneys, prostate), and can detect masses, fluid or air in the abdominal cavity, kidney and bladder calculi, and abnormalities in the lumbar and sacral vertebrae.
Obviously not every pet will need all of these exams. Cats and dogs of different sizes and breeds have different disease tendencies. A thorough veterinary physical exam will determine which of these exams is crucial to your pet.
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