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Comprehensive Physical Examinations
At Waunakee Vet Clinic we stress wellness above all. With many illnesses, early detection makes all the difference! Our senior pets receive a thorough exam which will help your veterinarian to detect disease or cancer. The physical exam allows for an evaluation of a tip of nose to tip of tail exam, which includes the following:
Senior Pet Blood Screen and Urinalysis
Our suggested senior wellness screening panel is as follows:
Complete Blood Count: an assessment of red and white blood cells size, shape and amounts which may indicate diseases such as infection, cancers, bone marrow issues, bleeding disorders
Thyroid level: to help determine if your pet's thyroid hormone (the metabolism hormone) is low or high which can govern weight gain or loss, energy level and appetite.
Urinalysis: an analysis of a urine sample to check for a bladder infection and assess kidney function
Checking chest radiographs (x-rays) will help get a clear picture of your pet's internal organs. X-rays can provide important medical information to Dr. Arnett and Dr. Abrams that blood tests, urinalysis, and physical exams may not. Chest tumors are virtually undetectable without x-rays. Chest x-rays can allow us to evaluate heart size and lung patterns, as well.