Wellness Blood Screening
Wellness Blood Screening is a window into the body to help assess internal organ functions, which cannot be determined based on physical examination alone. Indications of internal organ functions, such as the liver and kidney functions as well as the presence of infection or anemia can be determined. These tests are particularly important for developing baseline values relative to your pet.
Canine Combo Test – Heartworm/Lyme/Erhlichia/Anaplasmosis
Heartworms are transmitted from infected pets to healthy pets by mosquitos. This test will help us determine if your pet has heartworms prior to the administration of heartworm prevention. In this immediate area, very few heartworm cases have been diagnosed. However we recommend heartworm testing and prevention especially if your pet travels outside this immediate area or is exposed to pets that do.
Lyme disease, canine erhlichiosis and anaplasmosis are tick-born diseases that are present nearly everywhere and the incidences are growing. Testing for Lyme disease is important even if your pet is vaccinated and on tick preventatives because while prevention and vaccination is highly recommended, they are not 100% effective. Additionally, it is important to test all dogs routinely because masked disease states are prevalent and symptoms can be vague. These types of diseases, gone untreated can be damaging to the life of your pet.
The biochemical properties of the urine are tested by a urinalysis, and can help to determine the cause of a urinary tract disorder. The presence of blood or white blood cells in the urine indicates inflammation, while a change in the acid content of the urine may indicate infection.
Intestinal Parasite Screening
The fecal flotation is the backbone of intestinal parasite identification. Fecal flotation is primarily used to identify the eggs of the parasites in your pet’s stool. We recommend bringing a fecal sample with you for every visit so we may check your pet for parasites or other infections.