Vet Blog

Surveillance Screening

November 18, 2020

Why do our pets need surveillance screening?

Firstly, our pets can't speak, they cannot tell us if they feel off color or unwell or have any other indicators of internal illness. We need to examine them every 6 months as well as run some routine screening tests to detect underlying disease BEFORE it is clinically apparent.

Secondly, pets will actively mask signs of illness until late in the course of a disease. This stems from survival instincts in a pack or colony situation.

If your pet is 7 years or older, we'd like to see them every 12 months. Our Senior Health Profile includes comprehensive internal organ screening covering thyroid testing, electrolytes, and red and white cell counts.

We believe the aforementioned tests give us the best chance of helping your pets live longer, healthier lives.

Use the age chart below to find your pet's age in "people" years. Different screening testing is recommended for each stage of your pet's life, so make an appointment today to discuss your pet's health.