Wellness Testing is a very important tool your veterinarian uses to screen for any potential concerns to your pet’s health.
Just because your pet is not exhibiting any symptoms of illness does not necessarily mean that there is not a hidden condition which could become harmful if not detected or treated. Blood testing should be integrated into your pet’s routine heath exams, and is equally important for youngsters as well as adult and senior animals.
Even when your pet does not have any health concerns, Wellness Blood Tests are important to help the veterinarians create an overall portfolio of their health. By including blood tests in your pet’s routine exams, it is possible to create a wellness “baseline” for future testing to be compared to. This can help to make any potential abnormalities or concerns be more easily detected. Blood tests can be used to check for a number of problems, including organ functions, blood sugar monitoring and heartworm disease.
Another part of Wellness Routine Testing is a Urinalysis. Urinalysis tests can help screen for potential kidney diseases as well as liver disorders, and urinary bladder cancer. If you are expecting the doctor to draw a sample of urine directly from your pet at an appointment, please try to keep your pet from urinating for the 3 or 4 hours prior to the appointment. Your veterinarian will look at several properties of your pet’s urine, including a microscopic exam and chemical exam, which will test the pH.
Another key test important to your pet’s health is an Intestinal Parasite Test. Otherwise known as a “Fecal Test”, this test checks a stool sample from your pet for the presence of intestinal worms and parasites. Even pets who live indoors are at risk for contracting a number of parasites which can be unknowingly carried into the home. If you would like to have an Intestinal Parasite Test preformed on your pet at any time, simply bring a tablespoon sized sample of your pets stool to us. In order to successfully run the needed tests, the stool will need to be fresh within the 24 hours prior to dropping it off with us, and kept in the refrigerator if possible.