Mesa Vet Hospital is a highly esteemed animal hospital Denver residents trust and consider Colorado’s leader in Wellness Programs for all ages.


Life Stages


Our hospital has established a preventative Wellness Program that focuses on the Life Stages your pet will progress through: Juvenile, Adult, Senior and Geriatric.  Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure that your pet has the longest and healthiest life possible.  The program emphasizes prevention and the early detection of disease whenever possible.  Use the Life Stage Chart to identify the proper life stage of your pet based on its age and weight.  As each new life stage is reached, we will provide you with :

  • Life Stage Information Sheet
  • Wellness Testing Recommendations for Your Specific Pet
  • Dietary Recommendations
Life Stages


Juvenile


Looking for an animal hospital Denver pet owners rely on? Mesa Veterinary Hospital recommends your Juvenile Stage pet receive a physical examination several times over its first few months as booster vaccinations are required. We will take the time during these visits to discuss the following preventative medical concerns:

 

  • Annual Physical Examination: We will discuss the importance of routine physical exams in your pet's overall health.
  • Vaccinations: Each pet may require a different series and type of vaccines. We will discuss your pet's unique risk factors and determine an appropriate vaccine schedule.
  • Dental Care: One must begin taking care of the teeth at a young age. This will be demonstrated and discussed.
  • Ovariohysterectomy or Neuter: In most cases, we recommend these be performed at 4 to 6 months, before sexual maturity.  We will discuss the pros and cons of performing this procedure at different ages.
  • Heartworm Prevention: We will discuss prevention in puppies and kittens.
  • Feline Leukemia/FIV: We will discuss testing kittens for these viral diseases.
  • Declaw/Tendonectomy: We will discuss the pros and cons of these procedures.  

 

Adult


Your Adult Stage Pet is now fully developed physically. During this period we focus on maintaining general health and weight control. This is the time of life when your pet is at its peak and is the opportune time to establish what is normal for your particular animal. The best thing you can do for your pet is to perform the following preventative medicine:

 

  • Yearly Physical Exam: This allows small problems to be identified before they become big problems. Any medical or behavioral concerns you may have will also be discussed.
  • Vaccinations: We will discuss those that are appropriate.
  • Heartworm Prevention: We will discuss appropriate prevention depending on your pet's travel history.
  • Dental Care: We will discuss your pet's dental condition and make recommendations as indicated.
  • Blood Work and Urinalysis: We recommend that this lab work be performed yearly while your pet is in the Adult Life Stage. This helps to detect problems not evident on physical exam and provides a baseline for what is normal for your pet as it ages. Remember that for each year that goes by in your life, your pet ages physiologically around 4-7 years!

 

Senior


Your Senior Stage Pet has now entered "middle age". During this life stage we focus on the early detection of disease. This is the time of life when many pets may begin to encounter medical problems. The earlier problems are detected, the easier they can be treated or cured. According to animal hospital Denver vets, the best thing you can do for you pet is to perform the following preventative medicine:

 

  • Yearly to Bi-Yearly Physical Examinations: This allows small problems to be identified before they become big problems. Any medical or behavioral concerns you may have will also be discussed.
  • Vaccinations: We will discuss those that are appropriate for your pet.
  • Heartworm Prevention: We will discuss your pet's needs depending on travel history.
  • Dental Care: This is extremely important in the Senior Stage.
  • Blood Work and Urinalysis: We recommend that this lab work be performed every year in the Senior Life Stage. Routine testing helps to detect problems not evident on physical exam. The trends of your specific pet can also be established.
  • Thyroid Testing: Cats and dogs of the appropriate breed should have their thyroid tested every 2 years during the Senior Stage. It is very common for cats to become hyperthyroid and for certain breeds of dogs to become hypothyroid with age.
  • Chest X-rays: X-rays should be taken as your pet becomes a Senior. Along with early detection of heart and lung problems, this provides a baseline normal that can be compared to future x-rays if needed.
  • Glaucoma Screening: Breeds of dogs prone to glaucoma should have their eye pressure checked every 2 years during the Senior Life Stage. The doctor will help you determine if this is needed for your dog.
  • Blood Pressure: It is not uncommon for cats to develop high blood pressure with age and should be screened every 2 years.
  • Electrocardiogram: Certain large breed dogs should have their ECG screened once every 2 years.

 

Geriatric


Your Geriatric Stage Pet is aging and is probably beginning to slow a bit. During this life stage we focus on the early detection of disease and monitor existing disease. This is the time of life when your pet will inevitably begin to encounter medical problems. We will work together to keep your older pet as healthy and comfortable as possible. The best thing you can do for your pet is to perform the following preventative medicine:

 

  • Physical Examination: Things change quickly during this stage of life. It is important for us to see your pet every 6 months.
  • Vaccinations: Animals in this stage can still need some types of vaccinations. We will discuss these with you.
  • Heartworm Prevention: We will discuss what is appropriate depending on travel history.
  • Dental Care: This is the life stage when teeth seem to become most diseased. We will discuss appropriate care.
  • Blood Work and Urinalysis: We recommend that this lab work be performed every year during the Geriatric Life Stage. Routine testing helps to detect problems not evident on physical exam. Trends in your pet's lab work can be established.
  • Thyroid Testing: Cats and dogs of the appropriate breeds should have their thyroid hormone tested every year during the Geriatric Life Stage. It is very common for cats to become hyperthyroid and for certain breeds of dogs to become hypothyroid with age.
  • Abdominal Ultrasound: An abdominal ultrasound will help detect cancer, liver or kidney problems that may not be seen on physical exam or routine blood work. This is a thorough scan which looks carefully at all of the abdominal structures.
  • Glaucoma Screening: Breeds of dogs prone to glaucoma should have their eye pressure checked every year during the Geriatric Life Stage.
  • Blood Pressure: It is not uncommon for cats to develop high blood pressure with advanced age and they should be screened yearly.
  • Chest X-rays: Heart disease and cancer are common findings in this life stage and chest x-rays should be done frequently.