Country Valley Veterinary Clinic

5877 Route 30
Amsterdam, NY 12010

(518)843-2882

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Seniors

Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps pet owners can take to keep their pets in tip-top shape. When dogs and cats enter the senior years, these health examinations are more important than ever. Senior care, which starts with the regular veterinary exam, is needed to catch and delay the onset or progress of disease and for the early detection of problems. This will save you, our client, money and perhaps heartbreak, by intervening either before a problem starts, or in the early phases while the prognosis may remain favorable.

Our senior health check packages are designed individually for your pet. This package provides us with the knowledge we need to treat your pet appropriately and to help you save money.  The package includes a complete physical exam, which includes nutritional, exercise and pain management and dental care consultations. Our package also includes a blood pressure check or EKG, a full senior blood work and urine profile as well as a glaucoma test.  These services are provided at a significant discount when done as the senior package and can be done at a single appointment. 

Signs of a problem in elderly patients:

  • Sustained, significant increase in water consumption or urination
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Significant decrease in appetite or failure to eat for more than two days
  • Significant increase in appetite
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Diarrhea lasting three or more days
  • Difficulty in passing stool or urine
  • Change in housebreaking
  • Lameness lasting more than five days or lameness in more than one leg
  • Noticeable decrease in vision
  • Open sores or scabs on the skin that persist for more than one week
  • Foul mouth odor or drooling that lasts more than two days
  • Increasing size of the abdomen
  • Increasing inactivity or amount of time spent sleeping
  • Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching or if in specific areas (as opposed to generalized)
  • Excessive panting
  • Inability to chew dry food
  • Blood in stool or urine
  • Sudden collapse or bout of weakness
  • A seizure (convulsion)
  • Change in the sound of your pets voice
  • New lumps or bumps
  • Persistent coughing or gagging
  • Breathing heavily or rapidly at rest