Pets age just as people do, and the length and quality of life are very important. Today, our pets are living longer lives due to advances in modern veterinary care, vaccinations, dental health care, and improved nutrition. But with age comes an increased risk for the same diseases that older humans experience: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, arthritis and certain hormonal diseases are common. The best way to deal with these problems successfully is through early diagnosis and prompt treatment. Geriatric testing helps establish healthy baseline values and identify problems early, rather than waiting for obvious signs of illness. Any pet over the age of 7 is considered a “senior citizen,” and is therefore a good candidate for geriatric testing. We also recommend this testing for pets of all ages who will undergo anesthesia or who are showing symptoms of illness. Call us today to schedule an appointment for testing or to allow us the opportunity to answer any questions you may have!