Here at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County we’ve been working hard to expand our wellness programs for patients of all ages. In addition to a thorough physical exam and protecting your pet with the proper vaccinations, we now include a combination of blood, urine and fecal testing to ensure the “insides” of your pets are as healthy as the outside. The field of veterinary medicine is changing towards early detection to ensure longer-living, healthier pets rather than diagnosing diseases when your pet is feeling sick. Diseases can be easier to treat and pets may be able to live longer if conditions are detected early. Depending on your pet’s age, here is what may be included in the various affordable wellness panels: Complete blood count (blood sample): can detect anemia, Leukemia, infection, inflammation Chemistry profile (blood sample): can detect kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, electrolyte imbalances Thyroid function test (blood sample): can detect an overactive or underactive thyroid Urinalysis (urine sample): can detect diabetes, kidney disease, bladder infections, crystals in the urine Fecal parasite exams (fecal sample): can detect hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, coccidia and giardia The wellness program is all about early detection. Early detection of conditions such as intestinal parasites could prevent your pet from chronic conditions such as vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss. A simple diet change could prevent the need for insulin in cats that are found to be predisposed or bordering on becoming diabetic. Lastly, blood testing is as unique as your pet. Doing blood testing when a pet is well gives you and your veterinarian the peace of mind of what values are normal for your pet and can be used as a baseline if your pet ever becomes ill. Call the hospital today to ask how you can take advantage of the wellness program at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County.
Fecals are one of the most important aspects of your pet’s care. But getting one and bringing it to the vet can be annoying. Who wants to carry a bag of poop in the car? Even though it’s a pain, we highly recommend that all of our clients bring fresh stool samples to their routine wellness exams. Continue reading Why Do I Have to Bring a Fecal (Also Known as Poop)?