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The doctors and staff at Merrick Veterinary Group are committed to the health and well being of your senior pet. Pets age faster than humans, and most of our companion animals are considered seniors at 7-9 years old. It is our recommendation that senior pets have a physical examination approximately twice a year (every 6-8 months). 

Research has proven that up to 20% or more of our senior pets may have abnormalities which are not detectable by physical examination alone, so we also recommend that blood and urine evaluation tests be performed at least yearly for all healthy senior pets. These tests may need to be done more frequently in pets that have a previously diagnosed medical condition such as diabetes or a thyroid problem.

With modern medicine and prescription diets, veterinarians can now take a more proactive approach to maintain your pet’s good health. In a continuing effort to give these important members of your family the best medical care possible, Merrick Veterinary Group is now offering a Wellness Profile through a cooperative effort with our clinical referral laboratory. This profile allows us to test your pet for subtle organ abnormalities which may lead to the early detection of a serious disease process. Early detection and prompt treatment of medical conditions improves the chances that older pets will live longer, happier, healthier, and better quality lives.

A comprehensive Wellness Profile includes the following:

  • Blood Chemistry Analysis - 27 biochemical tests which include kidney, liver and pancreatic function tests
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Electrolyte Analysis
  • Thyroid Function Test
  • Urinalysis

The results of these tests are often available the following day, and will be interpreted by our doctors. We will then discuss the results with you in detail and make recommendations for treatment of any conditions we may discover. We may also make specific nutritional recommendations for your senior pet after our evaluation is complete. In some cases, additional bloodwork or follow-up tests may be necessary based on our physical examination findings and laboratory results. These tests may include, but are not limited to:

  • Chest and/or Abdominal Radiographs
  • Cardiac and/or Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Blood Pressure Evaluation
  • Urine Culture

Preventative medicine is the key to help your senior pet live to its fullest potential. We at the Merrick Veterinary Group are continually striving to provide your pet with the best possible medical care available. Remember our goal is to help your senior pet live a longer, happier and healthier life.

If you have a senior pet at home, please call us at 516-379-6200 to schedule an appointment and enroll in our Senior Wellness Program today.


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