Comparing dog/cat years to human years
The common misconception is that every year of age for a dog or cat is like seven human years. In reality, it varies based on your pet's size and life stage (young, adolescent, middle age, or geriatric). Use the chart on this page to calculate your dog or cat's "human age."
What tests will be performed annually?
We recommend the following tests in all pets, beginning at age seven:
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Screens for anemia (low red blood cell count), inflammation, infection, immune deficiencies, clotting problems, leukemia, and dehydration
- Chemistry Profile w/ Electrolytes
Screens for liver disease, kidney dysfunction, electrolyte imbalance, endocrine disorders, certain types of cancer, dehydration, diabetes, hypoglycemia, pancreatic disease, muscle disorders, and nutritional deficiencies
Screens for thyroid hormone deficiencies or excess
Screens for kidney dysfunction, urinary tract infections, diabetes, urinary crystals or stones, certain types of cancer, and dehydration
for more information on what specific tests are measuring in your pet.
The following tests may be recommended in senior pets in some cases:
- Glaucoma Screen
Using a Tonovet® device, we screen the eyes of predisposed breeds for glaucoma (increased pressure within the eye)
- Chest X-Rays
Screens for heart enlargement, lung tumors, airway disorders, and problems with the esophagus
- EKG - Screens for heart disease and arrhythmias
Screens for abdominal tumors, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disorders, bladder stones, intestinal disorders, and adrenal gland enlargement
- Feline viral screening (cats only)
tests for feline leukemia virus, feline AIDS virus and feline coronavirus