Mt. Houston Animal Clinic

1413 West Mt. Houston Rd
Houston, TX 77038


Senior Wellness

The most important aspect of care as your pet reaches the senior years is early detection and treatment of chronic health problems.   Older pets are more prone to kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease, certain types of cancer, and metabolic problems.  The problem is that, in the very early stages of these diseases, there are often no outward symptoms.  Therefore, as your pet reaches AGE SEVEN, we recommend semi-annual examinations and yearly laboratory testing, not only to screen for early stages of these serious diseases, but also to provide a baseline with which to compare future results.  Studies show that annual blood testing can, on average, DOUBLE the years you have remaining with your pet

In addition, you should closely observe your pet for any of the following symptoms, and call us if you note:


  • Changes in appetite or water consumption
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Apparent decreases in vision or hearing
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Decreased activity
  • Changes in the sleep/wake cycle
  • Loss of housetraining
  • Decreased interest in you or their environment
  • Changes in coat or skin, including lumps or growth
  • Bad breath


  • Changes in appetite or water consumption (especially increased consumption)
  • Lethargy or depression (listless behavior)
  • Change in urine production (watch carefully for increased amounts in litterbox)
  • Constipation
  • Change in litterbox habits
  • Change in attitude (irritability)
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bad breath
  • Lapse in grooming habits
  • Stiffness, trouble jumping
  • Lumps and bumps on the skin


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).  Click HERE for a table that shows approximately how old your pet is in human years.


What tests will be performed annually?

Click HERE for a guide to the various diagnostic tests we perform on your senior pet annually.