Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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Puppies, young adult and senior dogs
Annual heartworm antigen test- this test screens for adult heartworms. We recommend this test every year because heartworm disease is life threatening if left untreated. Although most dogs take a monthly heartworm preventative; there can be lack of protection from a number of different reasons. If caught early, heartworm disease is treatable before severe damage to the heart and lungs occurs.
Intestinal parasite fecal test- this test screens for intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. We recommend this test every year. Pets are exposed to these parasites in their environment. These and other parasites can harm your pets health and some parasites also pose a risk to humans especially children.
Senior dogs (7 yrs of age or older)
Health Screenings- Bloodwork such as cbc, chemistries to test organ function, urinalysis, and thyroid testing. We recommend these tests annually on senior pets. Many diseases of older pets can be diagnosed early and treatments started to reverse or halt the progression of diease. Many of these diseases go unnoticed by owners until the advanced stages.
X-rays- Radiographs of affected joints when pain is noted on physical exam. Many senior pets have osteoarthritis of the hips, lower back, and shoulder joints. Symptoms may be as simple as a reduction in activity level or reluctance to climb stairs or jump into the car. When osteoarthritis is found in the early stages; many treatments are now available to slow down the destruction of healthy cartilage and to allow these pets to maintain a high quality of life.
Kittens, young adult cats
Feline Leukemia/FIV - This test screens for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses. We recommend kittens be tested at the age of 12 weeks and before a feline leukemia vaccine is administered. These viruses are very contagious to other cats.
Intestinal parasite fecal test - We recommend a fecal test on all kittens at 8 weeks of age and annually for outdoor cats.
Senior cats (7 yrs of age or older)
Health Screenings- Bloodowork such as cbc, chemistries to test organ function, urinalysis, and thyroid testing. We recommend these tests annually on senior pets.