Comprehensive Physical Exams
Each wellness exam consists of a comprehensive evaluation of the body, including coat/skin, weight, temperature, oral cavity, heart, and lungs. We customize our wellness services to your pet’s species, breed, age, and lifestyle. If we detect any abnormalities, we can provide our recommendations for treatment or further diagnosis. For senior pets, we may recommend additional services to accommodate the changes that come with age. The results of these exams allow us to create a health profile for your pet so we can monitor their progress from year to year.
Just as with human vaccines, animal vaccines are designed to protect the body against potentially-fatal diseases by creating immunity. For dogs and cats, we provide vaccinations for a number of conditions, including rabies, parvovirus, distemper, feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, and others. We can customize a vaccination schedule for your specific pet during the wellness exam.
A vaccine titer test is a laboratory test that’s used to measure the existence and level of antibodies to disease in blood. Antibodies are produced when a virus, bacteria, or other antigen stimulates a response from the immune system. This response can be the result of natural exposure to an antigen or from a vaccination.
Comprehensive Blood Work
A comprehensive blood test—which can be ordered for both healthy and ill patients—can reveal a great deal about your pet’s health. It can aid in the detection of diseases, such as thyroid and kidney problems, and is typically recommended before anesthesia administration.
Similar to a blood test, a comprehensive urinalysis can reveal certain health conditions in pets. These include diabetes, liver disease, and bladder stones. A urine test is typically ordered after a wellness exam, blood work, or other test that indicates a possible problem.
Heartworm/Tick-Borne Disease Testing
Heartworm disease and tick-borne diseases (such as Lyme) can both be detected with a specific type of blood test. There are two different types of tests used to detect heartworm: an antigen test and an antibody test. To diagnose Lyme disease, an antibody test and a PCR test are used.
Feline Leukemia Testing/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Testing
The two types of blood tests that are used to diagnose feline leukemia (FeLV) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). They are the ELIZA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test and the IFA (immunofluorescent) test.