The number and frequency of veterinary visits are not so routine for ill or aged pets. These dogs and cats have special needs that require more intense medical attention and they may develop a problem that cannot wait until the next scheduled visit. Old pets or pets with medical problems place an increased demand on a family’s time and budget. Older and ill pets may undergo more diagnostic evaluations on these veterinary visits in order for the doctor to monitor their aging or malfunctioning organs. Blood work and urine tests are very useful tools, but more in-depth diagnostics, including ultrasounds, radiographs, and ECGs, may be performed as needed.
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These diagnostics are not invasive and involve minimal, if any, discomfort for your dog or cat. Using these more advanced techniques provides early diagnoses and accurate assessment of medical problems. Early diagnosis means early treatment, and accurate assessment means accurate treatment.
Pic of the Day: Roxy knows she’s allowed on the barstool, and not the counter. Roxy also likes to test her limits.