veterinarian in warrenton moYour pet’s health changes with age, just as yours does. But our pets actually age much faster than we do. Regardless of your pet’s age, you play a key role in helping them combat illness and remain as healthy as possible. Pets can’t say how they’re feeling-it’s usually how they look or act that tells you something is wrong. It’s a little scary to consider that 10% of pets that appear healthy to their owners during their regular checkups have underlying diseases. At Wright City-Warrenton Veterinary Clinics we are excited to offer a variety of preventive care packages specifically tailored to meet the needs of your special fur family. What an excellent way to give us a picture of what is actually going on INSIDE your pet’s body!

What tests might my veterinarian run?

They may include:

  • A fecal test allows veterinarians to check your pet for intestinal parasites, which may live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Since they are usually hidden from view, the only way to detect the presence of most intestinal parasites and identify them is by doing a fecal test.

  • Infectious disease screening identifies if your pet has been exposed to parasitic diseases, such as tick-borne diseases, heartworm or other infectious diseases.

  • A urinalysis identifies an infection or inflammation in the urinary tract.

  • A complete blood chemistry panel, including electrolytes, provides information about your pet’s liver, kidneys and pancreas as well as other functions of the body, such as blood sugar and hydration.

  • A complete blood count (CBC) can identify infection, inflammation and anemia.

  • A thyroid function test detects whether or not your pet’s thyroid gland is functioning properly. Thyroid disease is very common in older cats and dogs. Your veterinarian may recommend additional tests.

  • When can I expect results? Many of the tests routinely recommended can be performed in-clinic, providing results quickly and allowing for immediate treatment of your pet, but some routine screening tests will be sent to the reference laboratory which provides results often the next day. Normal results can rule out certain diseases immediately, so you can worry less. Your Veterinarian will also store this information for the life of your pet and use it to understand your unique pet better. If results are abnormal, your veterinarian can make fast decisions about next steps, including treatment and additional tests. This saves you time as well as trips back and forth to your veterinarian, and gives you answers that may help your pet right away.