979 1575th St.
Lincoln, IL 62656


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Senior Veterinary Care at Best Friends Animal Hospital

Veterinary Care for Your Senior Pet

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Good Healthcare Throughout Your Pet’s Life Will Benefit Your Pet As They Age

With our focus on wellness care, all of us at Best Friends Animal Hospital are here to help you and your beloved family pet throughout their life and into their senior years.  Just like humans, normal physical changes take place as your pet ages and diseases may follow that can often affect their overall health, well-being and comfort.  When detected early, many conditions can be prevented from progressing into more serious, and sometimes life threatening illnesses, by treating the condition in the early stages.  Our goal is for you and your family pet to enjoy the longest, healthiest life together. 

We recommend twice yearly senior wellness exams so that, together, we may monitor your senior pet’s health, detect, diagnose, treat and control any medical conditions before they progress into serious problems.  Age-related health issues are a part of living with an aging pet, and we encourage our clients to take an active role with us in combatting ailments associated with the aging process. 

Our bi-annual comprehensive senior pet wellness exam includes:

  • An in-depth, physical examination
  • Dental exam and professional dental cleaning
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing that may include a senior pet blood profile analysis (blood count and blood chemistry panel), urine and fecal analysis, x-rays, blood and eye pressure testing.
  • Vaccinations as needed
  • Parasite testing and prevention
  • Heartworm testing and prevention
  • Nutrition and diet counseling
  • Behavioral evaluation and counseling

If you notice any of the following symptoms, we recommend you schedule an appointment to discuss them with us:

  • Weight loss
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Excess urination
  • Excess drinking
  • Reduced exercise, reluctance to move, run, jump, etc.
  • Perception of pain  when your pet moves or is handled
  • Any vomiting , diarrhea or lack of bowel movements
  • New lumps or bumps
  • Change in pet’s energy level, awareness and/or family interaction
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Occasional cough or periods of rapid or difficult breathing

If your senior pet is a new client, please bring your pet's previous medical records to your first appointment. This includes vaccination dates and any previous lab work. You can either bring a paper copy or ask your previous veterinarian's office, rescue organization or breeder to fax or email them to us.