Comprehensive Health Exam
Occasionally we have a client ask us what is the best exam we can offer their older pet. We have partnered with our reference laboratory to put together an extensive, cost-saving package of tests coupled with a comprehensive physical exam which will give a good overview of a pet's current health status.
Comprehensive Health Exam:
An extended, detailed Physical Exam including heart, lungs, skin, lymph nodes, eyes, ears, oral cavity, prostate, breast tumor check, abdominal palpation and an examination of joints for signs of arthritis.
Urinalysis. This assesses the health and function of the urinary system. This is especially important in older animals to help in the detection of kidney disease. A complete urinalysis includes a 9-chemistry evaluation of the urine (glucose, blood, protein, etc), a specific gravity measurement, and a microscopic exam of the urine sediment obtained by centrifugation.
Fecal Exam. Checks for the presence of intestinal worms and protozoa like Giardia.
Arthropod Screen. Blood test for Heartworm Disease, Lymes, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis in dogs.
Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Aids Virus Test
Chemistry Tests - This panel surveys many of the organ systems.
** Liver - (AST, ALT, Alk Phos, T. Bilirubin, GGT, Cholesterol, Proteins.)
This group of tests helps evaluate various functions and health of the liver. Decreased liver function, inflammation, infection, or neoplasia of the liver and gall bladder may be detected by one or all of these tests.
**Kidney - (BUN, Creatinine, SDMA,Phosphorus, Amylase, Albumin). These tests monitor the function and health of the kidneys. They are most helpful and sensitive for detecting kidney disease when combined with a urinalysis.
**Pancreas - (Glucose, Amylase, Lipase, Triglyceride). These tests are abnormal when there is something wrong with the pancreas or carbohydrate metabolism (for example diabetes or pancreatitis).
**Muscle and Bone - (Calcium and Phosphorus). These values are helpful in determining the health of bone metabolism - (CPK and AST). The enzymes are abnormal with muscle damage and certain muscle diseases.
** Electrolytes - (Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Calcium, Phosphorus). These tests are important in monitoring the electrical, water balance, and cellular health of the body. Deficiencies or excesses of these electrolytes are harmful to an animal's physical and mental well-being.
Complete Blood Count. - A complete blood count is a 14-parameter series of tests that evaluate the number and types of blood cells in the circulation. A CBC provides detailed information about Red Blood Cells (RBCs), White Blood Cells (WBCs), platelets and bone marrow function. Many diseases can be identified when there are abnormalities in a CBC such as infection, inflammation, autoimmune disease, anemia or leukemia.
Thyroid Test. - Evaluates the function of the thyroid gland. Too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) is common in dogs, whereas, too much thyroid (hyperthyroidism) is common in older cats.
Basal Cortisol (dogs) Level to glean information that could indicate Cushing's or Addison's Disease.
Blood Pressure Check
Chest Radiograph to assess cardiac size, chest tumors, etc. (Includes review by boarded radiologist).
Electrocardiogram to assess for abnormal cardiac conduction disturbances.
Ear Cleaning and Nail Trim
Written Report and Recommendations.