Health screening is not just for seniors – it is for dogs and cats of all life stages. Many animals do not display signs of diseases that may have developed. Early detection, pain control and treatment can prolong the quality of our pets’ life. Contact any of our 9 clinics about our Annual Health Screen Programme in November and December 2017.
some signs that your dog or cat may be ill:
- Bad breath or drooling
- Excessive drinking or urination
- Excessive panting or laboured breathing
- Frequent diarrhea or vomiting
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Change in attitude or activity level
- Strange lumps or bumps
Annual health screening programme at mount pleasant INCLUDES:
- Physical Examination
- Complete Blood Count
- Blood Chemistry Panel
- Faecal Analysis
- Heartworm Screen (for dogs)
- Chest X-Ray (for dogs)
- T4 Screen (for cats)
1. COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT & BLOOD CHEMISTRY PANEL
Complete Blood Count (CBC) can uncover hidden health problems such as anaemia (low red blood cell count), infection, inflammation, dehydration, autoimmune diseases, blood clotting problem (low platelet count).
Blood Chemistry Panel measures a variety of chemicals and enzymes in the blood to detect liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, pancreatitis and other hormonal diseases.
For young healthy pets, CBC and chemistry profile help establish baseline values for comparison with future test results.
2. HEARTWORM screen FOR DOGS
Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive and potentially fatal disease. It is caused by a parasite Dirofilaria immitis which is transmitted by mosquitoes. All dogs who are not on heartworm prevention are at risk of heartworm infection. Dogs living in landed properties and those who regularly walk in mosquito-prone areas are at higher risk.
Heartworm disease occurs mostly in dogs and less commonly in cats. Ref: dogaware.com
An adult heartworm can grow up to 30cm long.
Heartworms live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels where they mature and reproduce. In the early stage, your dog may not show any symptoms. As the number of worms increases, signs of heart failure develop. E.g. weakness, exercise intolerance, coughing, decreased appetite, weight loss.
The earlier the disease is detected, the better the chances of your dog’s recovery. Learn about prevention and treatment.
3. T4 SCREEN FOR CATS
Hyperthyroidism is a common disease in older cats over 10 years old. The most common cause is a non-cancerous change to the thyroid tissue (thyroid hyperplasia) causing excessive thyroid hormones to be produced. Cancer of the thyroid glands (thyroid carcinoma) is rare.
The thyroid hormone has multiple functions, primarily involving the metabolic system, e.g. regulation of heat production (a person with hyperthyroid perspires a lot) and the control and “burning” of fat, protein and carbohydrates.
Too much thyroid hormone results in increased metabolism & hyperthyroidism. Too little causes hypothyroidism. Ref criticalcaredvm.com
Blood tests can be done to check for elevated levels of thyroxine (T4) in bloodstream. In early stages, total T4 level may be within normal range. Retesting should be done in 3 to 6 weeks, especially when clinical signs are present. Read more about “Hyperthyroidism In Cats”.
Common clinical signs include weight loss despite increased appetite, increased thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity. The coat may appear matted and unkempt.
our SENIOR PETS SHOULD SEE THEIR VETS EVERY 6 MONTHS
Our dogs and cats age much faster than we do and are usually considered seniors when they are 7 years old. As our pets enter their golden years, twice yearly health screenings are recommended to detect age-related diseases at an early stage. We can help our pets stay healthy and pain-free for as long as possible.
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