At Creedmoor Road Animal Hospital, we recommend that your pet have bi-annual preventative care exams. It’s important to remember that our pets age much faster than we do (approximately 7 animal years for every chronological human year), so a thorough physical exam twice a year is crucial to maintaining the health of your pet.
We also recommend that your animal have a fecal floatation test and a prophylactic deworming when they come in for their preventative care exams. Our pets can become infected with intestinal parasites while they are outside, but even our indoor pets are at risk because of the dirt and bacteria we track in on our shoes and clothes. Bringing a new animal into the home can also bring unwanted intestinal parasites, making it even more important to have your animals fecal sample analyzed twice a year. Also, since some intestinal parasites are zoonotic and can be transmitted to humans (children are especially at risk), pairing your pet’s fecal exam with a prophylactic dewormer provides extra protection for your entire family.
Finally, annual preventative care bloodwork gives us yet another tool to more closely monitor the health of your pet. The physical exam is only a single component of a thorough preventative care visit and often provides only a small amount of information since our pets cannot tell us if they feel sick or are in pain. Annual bloodwork not only gives us a snapshot of how your animal’s internal organs are functioning, but also allows us to monitor trends overtime and screen for early disease progression. Many times we are able to diagnose early disease before owners begin to notice changes in their pet’s behavior! Our preventative care blood panels also include a Canine 4DX test (heartworm, lyme, anaplama, and ehrlichia) or a Feline Triple test (heartworm, FIV, FeLV) to screen for some common infectious diseases. An up to date 4DX or Triple is required for your pet to be on heartworm prevention and will help ensure your pet is as healthy as possible.