Screening Tests
as a tool to make your pet
feel better and live longer

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We get a lot of clues about the health of your pet from the "history" and a careful examination.

But we get a lot more information... or confirm our diagnostic suspicions... if we take advantage of modern laboratory and imaging technology.

The only reason not to check middle aged and older pets for common, potential problems (like kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, pancreatitis, liver problems, arthritis, tumors, stones, and much more) is that it costs money.

We can detect a lot of uncomfortable and serious problems early enough for successful treatment if we spend the $12-85 it costs to run lab tests and the $85 it costs to do survey radiographs.

So, you have to decide based on your priorities, your sense of responsibility, and your budget.

But our goal is to provide your pet with the best health possible.

And screening tests aren't THAT expensive and they provide us with a lot of information that is likely to make your pet feel better and live longer.

So please get on board with Preventive Medicine.
Basically, what's involved is:

1.  Vaccinations as needed.  Vaccines save more lives than anything else we do... especially for young pets.

2.  Parasite control.  This takes constant vigilance; once a month control of heartworms, intestinal worms, fleas & ticks.  And twice yearly deworming and fecal monitoring for resistant intestinal worms.  Also blood screening for heartworms, and if appropriate for Lymes disease, Ehrlichia, and anaplasmosis.

3.  Attention to dental health... it turns out to be a major factor in over all health.

4.  Frequent wellness exams. Twice a year is ideal and we help you out by making the midyear exam very inexpensive.

5.  Testing urine, blood, and feces .... using modern laboratory technology to screen for problems.  That's what this page is all about.  Go to our page about our laboratory  or our page about how to interpret lab results for more info.  I've joked on other pages that screening tests are like getting a credit report and a police report on a perspective date; if you really want to know what's going on
The information we get from lab work is important.

6.  Screen for heart disease, stones, spinal problems, arthritis, and cancer once your pet gets older.  The most practical way to do this is with survey radiographs.  And this page is also about recommending radiographs as a tool to check for common problems.  We have a state of the art digital X-Ray machine making crystal clear images easy.

7.  Appropriate diet and exercise.

Except for the importance of parasite control, you can see that good health care is pretty much the same as for humans.  Except veterinary care is reasonably priced and veterinarians are pretty conservative when it comes to spending your money.  And we know that most of you don't have pet insurance. But spending a little on screening tests and radiographs is prudent and often saves both money ... and your pet's quality of life.

Screening Tests
we recommend
for middle aged and older pets



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