When Should I Start Health Screening For My Pet?

Health screening is not just for seniors. It is for pets of all life stages. Screening your young pets establishes baseline values for comparison with future test results. It also detects diseases at early stages.

HEALTH SCREENING CAN DETECT DISEASES AT AN EARLY STAGE

Many animals do not display pain or signs of diseases that may have developed. Early detection through health screenings, pain control and treatment can prolong the quality of your pet’s life. Health screening, even when your pet is young and healthy, provides useful “baseline” values for comparison with future test results.

A routine Health Screening includes:
  • Physical Examination
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Blood Chemistry Panel
  • Urinalysis
  • Faecal Analysis
  • Thyroid Profile

A Blood Chemistry Panels helps to detect liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes mellitus and other hormonal diseases.

Depending on your pet’s health, X-rays or ultrasound may be needed to confirm a diagnosis. Especially when there are signs of heart, lung, kidney or liver disease.

Regular physical examinations can detect odd lumps & bumps which are common in older pets. Fine needle aspirations or biopsies are often needed to determine if the lump is benign or malignant.

SENIOR PETS SHOULD SEE THEIR VETS EVERY 6 MONTHS

Senior pets age more rapidly during their golden years. It is estimated that 6 months of your senior dog’s life is equivalent to 2 to 3 human years. Therefore, your old dog and cat should see their vet every 6 months with a Health Screening done every year.

Dogs and cats are usually considered seniors when they are 7 years old. As your pet enters his or her senior years, frequent health screenings are recommended to detect age-related diseases at an early stage.

For senior pets living with degenerative joint disease & generalised muscle wasting on the limbs, diet, supplements, hydrotherapy & pain relief (when needed) will help manage the condition & prolong the quality of life.

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Veterinary acupuncture is available at Mount Pleasant (North), Mount Pleasant (East) & Mount Pleasant (Changi). Acupuncture can be useful in cases of functional musculoskeletal problems such as degenerative joint disease (arthritis) which results in pain & inflammation,  behavioural changes (irritability, depression), reluctance to participate in normal activities (standing, walking, jumping), limping & paralysis.


TO VACCINATE OR NOT TO VACCINATE

Most pet owners would agree that routine administration of vaccines has been an excellent control for infectious diseases. What may be debatable is (i) the duration of immunity and (ii) how frequent vaccines should be given, especially for senior pets.

As much as we worry about over-vaccination, under-vaccination is also a real concern.

For dogs in Singapore, vaccines for Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper and Canine Adenovirus (Hepatitis) are considered core vaccines. Canine VacciCheck Antibody Test is available at our 9 clinics to measure the amount of antibodies present for these 3 diseases. The test results would help determine if your dog requires additional vaccination.

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Eunice Chang: Give Back To Society

Many of us do not pursue a career in the area of our studies. And that’s perfectly fine. Because most of the time, we find ourselves on a better path.

As if all is meant to be.

Eunice graduated with a Diploma in Shipping Management. She has never set foot in the shipping industry.

About 12 years ago, Eunice joined the Mount Pleasant family a receptionist. It wasn’t her dream to work with animals. But over the years, the animals nudge their way into her  heart. And eventually, into her life.

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“Many people think I’m fierce cos I don’t really talk a lot. Actually, I’m a very easy-going person.”

Today, Eunice is the Practice Manager at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi). She handles all administrative and human resource matters for the team. Some days, you will see her at the Reception, chatting with regular clients. Something she still enjoys.

first came ETHAN 
Ethan was given up by his first family.

Ethan was given up at the clinic by his first family.

For  a family that never had dogs, it took some convincing before mom welcomed Ethan home. Very soon, Eunice’s sister grew very close to Ethan.

In his old age, Ethan underwent cystotomy to remove bladder stones. He also suffered 2 strokes.

“Ethan was a very greedy boy. He eats anything. So when he started to refuse food, we knew he was suffering. I am a practical person. I will not hang on just because my dog is still breathing. If he is suffering, I will choose to euthanise him.”

Eunice did not have to make that painful decision. Ethan passed away peacefully in his own time.

EDEN for new beginnings

We all cope with grief differently. You either hide all evidence and choose not to think or talk about your loss. Or you celebrate your pet’s life with photos, keepsakes and laugh over the good ol’ times.

Either way, I guess we all wonder: “Will I ever have another dog again?”

Eden is a submissive girl and reminds the family of Ethan.

Eden was named by Dr Cheryl Ho to signify her new beginning!

Eden found Eunice in 2012. She was rescued from a breeding farm with heart worms and very bad teeth.

“I wasn’t really looking for another Schnauzer. But when I heard that the rescuer could not afford treatment, I decided to take over Eden’s care. She is a very good girl and reminds us a lot of Ethan. Still quite timid. My mom loves her very much.”

A very cheerful Eden after grooming!

A very cheerful Eden after grooming. She has the most obliging soul.

TELL US SOMETHING WE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU

“I love to cook! Since young, whenever mom is preparing meals, I will volunteer to help out and pick up cooking skills from her. When I have time, I experiment with new recipes with my siblings.”

Spring onion crusty flatbread and curry puffs from Chef Chang - looks yummy!

Spring onion crusty flatbread and curry puffs from Chef Chang – looks divine!

DO YOU HAVE A DREAM AT THE MOMENT?

“I hope to take some time off, to do more voluntary work. Locally or overseas. Sort of a way to give back to society.”

Eunice with Dr Ang Yilin

Eunice with Dr Ang Yilin of Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer)

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Part of the happy family at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)!

Part of the happy family at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi)!

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Eunice first met Toto when he was rescued from the streets by local performing artist Jonathan Leong. In Jonathan’s own words: “My old buddy here is more than 10 years old now. He has brought much joy, love and companionship to my family.”


HONESTY. LOYALTY. LOVE.

These are qualities we adore in our dogs. After spending a day with Eunice, you walk away, convinced, that she holds the same values. Dear to her heart.