Feline Senior Care

Thibodaux VetAt age seven your furry feline friend becomes a “Senior Citizen”.  Older pets, like us, are more likely to develop age-related problems many of which, if discovered in the early stages, can be successfully treated maintaining or improving your pet’s quality of life.

As partners in your pet’s wellness, we are committed to making focused care available for your aging cat. In this spirit, we offer an affordable Senior Care Plan package of services-at a group rate- which allows our doctors to give special attention to the needs of your senior pet.

The Senior Care Plan includes:
Fecal - Stool Check
Senior Wellness Exam

Core Vaccines
CBC, Comprehensive Profile, T4 (Thyroid)
Urinalysis
Wellness Exam in 6 MonthsAt a savings of  42%

Senior Wellness Exam: Your furry family member has reached the age when a comprehensive physical examination performed twice a year could save his or her life.  In addition to assessing what the doctor can see- your cat’s eyes, ears, skin, mouth, and general condition- our doctors will address those conditions not visible by placing extra emphasis on internal wellness, arthritis, and cognitive dysfunction (senility).  Diagnosing and treating conditions early is crucial to your pet’s health.  

Obesity is more common in older pets. As our pets age they begin to slow down and thus require fewer calories. However, many of us treat our cats as though they are still kittens. Obesity can complicate many of the problems that affect aging pets. Our doctors may advise a change in diet and consistent monitoring of your pet’s weight.

Fecal Exam:  A stool examination is done to identify any gastro-intestinal parasites that may be causing disease in your pet. Parasites can steal nourishment, damage tissue, release toxic substances, and can even cause anemia.

Vaccinations:  Vaccines of the highest quality are administered for protecting your cat. The PureVax line of vaccines are adjuvant free and are the safest on the market. Rabies vaccination is required and is given annually in our area. Vaccination for Leukemia is done annually while the 3 in 1 distemper vaccine, which provides extended protection, is administered once every three years.    

CBC (complete Blood Cell Count), T4 (Thyroid) Panel, Comprehensive Serum Chemistry Panel: As our cats age, organ systems often begin to decline. Blood tests can evaluate organ function and give us an idea of how well your pet is doing internally. Some diseases can be effectively treated and monitored with early diagnosis.  If all tests are normal, then you have peace of mind knowing your baby is healthy and that a good baseline has been established.

Urinalysis: A urinalysis includes the physical, chemical, and microscopic evaluation of the urine.  It also includes a visual inspection of the urine sediment to look for crystals, cells or bacteria.  It is an important screening tool whether or not an infection is suspected. A urinalysis checks the overall health of the kidneys and bladder.

Additional Services include:

  Should a health problem be discovered during the Exam and/or Laboratory screening additional diagnostics and/or treatments may be needed.

When you purchase the Senior Care Plan package these commonly recommended services are available to you at a discount.
Service Quantity % Discount
Glucose Curve 4 10%
Leukemia / FIV /Heartworm test 3 10%
Teeth Cleaning 1 15%
Radiographs 5 15%
Blood Pressure Reading 2 15%
Glaucoma Check 5 15%
Laser Therapy 6 Sessions 1 15%
 

Glucose Curve:  If diabetes is diagnosed, this testing is used to establish the proper insulin dose needed for maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels. A Glucose Curve is performed every 7 to 10 days until insulin regulation is achieved; then periodically as needed to confirm dosage and maintenance.

 

Leukemia / FIV / Heartworm Test: Your cat can be infected with Feline Leukemia Virus or FIV (Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus) without showing any signs of illness.

These contagious diseases can cause numerous health problems, especially in older cats.  If infection is suspected, our doctors may recommend testing before performing any other diagnostics or treatments in order to assist you with decisions regarding your cat’s health.

 

A positive test may affect the choices you make regarding your cat’s environment and lifestyle.

Because these diseases are contagious, this knowledge can help you to stop your cat from spreading the viruses to other cats in your household or in your neighborhood. 

 

Heartworm infection in cats is becoming more common. Cats may not show signs of infection which can be suddenly fatal. Transmitted by mosquitoes, heartworm infection leads to Heartworm Disease which damages not only the heart but other primary organs and is life threatening.

 Laser Therapy- 6 sessions:

Additional LASER therapy sessions may be recommended. The Plan allows for the purchase of 6 sessions at a discounted price.

 

Dental Care and Treatment:  Oral hygiene for senior pets is very similar to ours. Bad breath is commonly the first indicator of a dental problem. Often plaque build-up is present where bacteria grow causing irritation to the gums and periodontal disease.  When irritated gums bleed, bacteria enter the bloodstream and are carried throughout the body affecting other vital organs. Kidney, liver, and heart disease are linked to poor dental health.  A thorough teeth cleaning and polishing will not only improve your dog’s smile, it will promote total body health. The bottom line is:

 

Oral Health = Overall Health!

 

Radiographs (X-Rays): Radiographs are used when indicated to evaluate the size and shape of your pet’s internal organs as well as the condition of his or her bones, joints, and back.  Other suspected injuries, abnormalities, or foreign objects may be revealed by X-Ray that can aid in diagnosis and treatment of certain conditions.

 

Blood Pressure Monitoring: Just like us, high blood pressure can be the first hint of heart or kidney disease. High blood pressure increases the risk of blood clots and organ damage.

 

Tonometry: Pressure inside of the eye is measured painlessly with an instrument called a Tonometer.  This test screens for Glaucoma; an imbalance in production and drainage of eye fluid. High pressure can also damage the optic nerve which can lead to blindness 


 

Durocher Veterinary Clinic * 703 Jackson St * Thibodaux, LA 70301 * 447-8261