Keys To Early Detection and Prevention of Disease
Often our clients ask “What can I do to help my pet live longer?” There are many steps to help your pet live a long and healthy life. Even as in tuned as we are to our pets needs, our pets cannot talk and often show signs when something is wrong. Our doctors recommend Early Detection of laboratory testing. It allows our doctors the ability to detect or diagnose potential diseases before they become a serious issue, including heartworm, thyroid disease, intestinal parasites, and most important renal (kidney) disease. It’s a new way of caring for your pet, just like human medicine allows us to care for ourselves. With today’s medical testing and advanced technology, you can protect your pets like never before.
The Key to a Healthy Pet is Early Detection and Prevention of Disease The gradual onset of health problems in an apparently healthy pet often go unnoticed. There are many conditions, that if diagnosed early, can be completely reversed or controlled for extended periods of time. Regular dental care, vaccinations, control of parasites and a balanced diet are important for good health care. Laboratory testing for early detection of changes in the health status of your pet is also important.
Laboratory tests are an important means by which your veterinarian can diagnose blood disorders, kidney & liver disease, diabetes, infection, cancer, thyroid disease, and other hormonal problems. The promotion of quality pet health care through a wellness program can add years of vitality and extend your pet’s life. Fecal Tests Fecal tests are done to evaluate for the presence of intestinal parasites (e.g, Giardia, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia). It is important to check periodically for parasites (once to twice a year depending on the animal’s environment), even if stools are consistently normal. Parasites can cause significant intestinal problems in both humans & animals (some parasites can be transmitted from animals to humans).
Tests for parasites are done routinely in animals with abnormal stools. Specific treatment is prescribed based on results.