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.
The vets at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County have been evaluating a new cat food that is the first clinically proven diet to treat a medical condition. We’re very excited about the results. The new food was designed, researched and tested by the Hill’s Pet Food company for more than 10 years. It is used to treat feline hyperthyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is considered the “regulator” of the body. It determines how quickly the body uses energy, digests food, and makes proteins for other parts of the body to use. When a cat has hyperthyroidism, they can drink more water, urinate more, vocalize/meow more and have a big appetite despite losing weight. If you suspect your cat may have this condition our veterinarians can run blood tests to measure the amount of thyroid hormone produced in the body. There are four ways to treat hyperthyroidism: surgery to remove the thyroid gland, an injection of radioactive iodine which stops the overactive thyroid gland from producing too much hormone, a medication which suppresses the production of too much hormone and — now — the new Hill’s diet, called Hill’s Prescription Diet y/d. Hill’s y/d contains low iodine levels which “starves” the thyroid of its building block (iodine) which it uses to make thyroid hormone. It is clinically proven to lower the thyroid hormone level in as little as three weeks. Newly diagnosed cats can be started on the food and cats received anti-thyroid medications can be transitioned to the new diet. Even cats with normal thyroid function can eat it! The “normal” cats just need 1 tablespoon of regular cat food daily. Above is a picture of Cleo, one of the first patients at AHDC to be placed on Hill’s y/d. Her thyroid level went from 11.9 to 3.5 in 8 weeks. She loves the y/d and is doing great! If your cat has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, call us to discuss the option of Hill’s y/d diet!