When a Veterinary Surgeon carries out a physical examination of your pet they cannot assess fully the condition of the internal organs. Age related illnesses often develop slowly and can easily be missed in the early stages. Modern veterinary medicine means we can now offer the benefits of regular health checks to your pets.
An annual Well Pet Health Screen blood test assists us to establish baseline values, enabling us to react to any changes before your pet becomes ill. This simple and inexpensive blood test can show changes characteristic of conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, anaemia, etc.
Over time, when you visit your veterinary practice, a history of blood test reports can provide vital clues to developing problems which can be more effectively treated if detected at an early stage.
We recommend this Well Pet Health Screen for all pets over the age of two years. Depending on the signs, symptoms, age, medical history or physical examination we may suggest:
- A biochemistry test to check the functions of your pet’s major organs [liver, kidneys, heart, pancreas, etc.].
- A haematology test to check the blood itself and can indicate conditions such as anaemia and leukaemia.
After seven years, both cats and dogs are considered “seniors” and we would certainly recommend a Senior Well Pet Health Screen. This screen includes the above tests and we would also recommend testing for:
- Hyperthyroidism [over production of thyroid hormones, most frequently found in cats].
- Hypothyroidism [under production of thyroid hormones, most frequently found in dogs].
How to Apply
When you call the practice to book your appointment for the booster vaccines, simply tell the receptionist that you also wish to take up the offer of the Well Pet Health Screen as additional time will be needed for blood sampling. Then present this form to the practice when you take your pet for its vaccination.