As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and regular wellness exams are the cornerstone of preventive healthcare for your pet. We recommend annual wellness exams for your pet, though more frequent exams are encouraged, especially when your pet becomes a senior. Our bi-annual exams for senior pets can include an exam and labwork. Our beloved pets age so much quicker than we do. These exams and bloodtests enable us to make an early diagnosis and treat potential problems. During an exam, our veterinarians check your pet’s eyes and ears, examine your pet’s teeth and oral cavity, listen to the heart and lungs, look for swelling or unusual lumps and check the joints and muscles for signs of arthritis. Exams give us a complete, overall picture of your pet’s health and are useful in detecting potential health problems before they become more serious. During an exam, we may also perform routine blood and urine tests as well as tests for internal or external parasites.
Exams are also a good time to discuss any behavior problems, health concerns or other issues with our veterinarians. We believe in working closely and communicating frequently with you to develop a comprehensive health plan for your beloved pet.
Annual Wellness Testing
Annual Wellness Testing allows our doctors to identify conditions and diseases in your pet before signs may be evident. Additionally, screening tests provide information on what’s “normal” for your pet, and allows your doctor to quickly evaluate changes in his or her biology.
WHY TEST ANNUALLY?
Pets age roughly 5-7 times faster than humans. It’s vital to test every year to screen for diseases and conditions.
HOW WILL IT SAVE ME MONEY?
By testing, your doctor will be able to identify critical patterns in your pet’s biological make-up. Ultimately, early detection will enable an accurate diagnosis more quickly, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in tests and critical care.
Obesity has become a growing problem for pets as well as people. Infrequent exercise, coupled with a poor diet and too many treats, can lead to obesity. Much like humans, there are many problems associated with obesity in pets, from heart and liver disease to respiratory and orthopedic problems. Changing your pet’s diet can help him or her lose weight. Whether your pet needs to lose weight or requires a special prescription diet program, our veterinarians and staff work with you to develop a nutrition and wellness plan for your pet.
Every year, millions of pets go missing and many never make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a simple, easy way to help prevent this tragedy. A microchip is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades and stays there for the pet’s entire life. This procedure is as easy and painless as a vaccination.
Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have devices for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner of the pet is contacted.
Breed Identification Testing
Do you want to know know more about your mixed-breed dog’s background? Ardmore Animal Hospital now offers DNA testing for mixed-breed dogs. Based on years of extensive research, our genetic test can identify your dog’s breed mix from more than 130 AKC recognized breeds. Using a small amount of blood drawn from your pet, our genetic testing can produce a detailed report identifying the breeds detected in your dog’s background. Knowing the breed make-up of your dog can provide insight into your pet’s behavior and appearance, as well as help identify potential health problems associated with your dog’s background.