Early Detection Package for All Ages
Halifax Veterinary Hospital, Fairview Animal Hospital and Spryfield Animal Hospital are thrilled to announce their newest offering in preventive and early detection medical care.
Routine preventive care helps your veterinarian establish normal baseline laboratory values when your pet is young and healthy. Even subtle changes from baseline values can help identify disease as your pet ages, long before they become apparent to you or your veterinarian.
Preventive care for your senior pet not only helps to detect disease in its early stages, when it is most likely to respond to treatment, but it also can help you avoid significant medical expense and risk to your pet’s health.
Our Early Detection Package includes your pet’s annual exam and vaccines as well as:
Blood Chemistries and Hematology- to look for signs of kidney, liver, pancreatic or other systemic disease as well as anemia or signs of infection.
Urinalysis- to look for bacteria, crystals or abnormal cells. This test also helps us determine how well the kidneys are able to concentrate your pet’s urine.
Urine Protein/Urine Creatinine Ratio- to get a more accurate measurement of how well the kidneys are managing their workload.
Your package includes a copy of your pet’s results for you to keep- color coded to indicate abnormal values:
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
• Anemia (low red blood cell count)
• Bleeding problem
• Inability to fight infection
• Hydration status
• Cushing’s syndrome
• Certain cancers
• Abnormalities resulting from long-term medications.
•Early renal disease
• Abnormalities resulting from long- term medication.
• Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas
• Diabetes mellitus
• Abnormalities resulting from long-term medications
Glucose: Glucose is the basic nutrient for the body. It is highly regulated in the bloodstream, but does fluctuate for a few hours after eating. Glucose changes may be seen with a variety of metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, and various organ system abnormalities.
Thyroxine (T4), a hormone produced by the thyroid gland, is essential for growth and metabolism. As your pet ages, thyroid function can become abnormal and cause signs of illness.
Electrolytes: Electrolytes (Na, K, Cl, tCO2, Anion Gap) are critical to body function and must be maintained in very narrow limits.
Dehydration is a common cause of electrolyte imbalance, despite how effective the body is at regulating the concentration levels.