With the cooler weather setting in, we have started to see a lot more senior pets coming in for health checks! As part of a senior health consult, we offer a blood and urine test to check the overall health of our furry friends, a process which is particularly important during the winter months!
The importance of senior health checks was recently shown during a visit from one of our furry friends. Little Womble, a 12 year-old corgi mix recently visited us for a senior check-up where we performed these two wellness screens. We received some unusual results, with Womble's urine test showed a low concentration and his blood test displayed a low white cell count.
We had a subsequent test performed on Womble's urine to rule out infection before completing an ultrasound of his kidneys, which later revealed some degenerative changes likely related to Womble's age. As a result of this early detection of these kidney changes, we were able to place Womble on a prescription diet more suited to his condition while we were also able to determine a special protocol for the anaesthetic he required for a dental procedure.
Just like humans, kidneys play an important role in maintaining our pets' health, as they help balance certain substances in the blood and filter out the body's wastes as urine. They also ensure normal concentrations of salt and water in the body.
When kidneys don't function properly, toxins build up in the blood and cause pets to fall ill, so it's very important to ensure they are taken care of. Luckily, it is very easy to maintain kidney health in your pet! If your pet is due for a check-up with our team, please speak to our friendly team during your next appointment!