Altoona Veterinary Hospital

3070 8th St. SW
Altoona, IA 50009

(515)967-4281

www.altoonavet.com

Altoona Veterinary Hospital - Altoona, IA
Why do our pets need surveillance screening?

Firstly, our pets can't speak, they cannot tell us if they feel off color or unwell or have any other indicators of internal illness.  Secondly, pets will actively mask signs of illness until late in the course of disease. This stems from survival instincts in a pack or colony situation.  Beginning at 6 years of age we recommend pets be evaluated every 6 months and encourage running screening tests routinely to detect underlying disease BEFORE it is clinically apparent.

Use the age chart below to find your pets age in "people" years and the screening testing recommended for each stage of his or her life.

We believe the following tests give us the best chance of helping your pet's live longer, healthier lives.

These are approximations and may vary by gender, species and breed.

Blue/
Lilac 

Baseline Blood Profile checking internal organ health prior to routine surgeries (spay/neuter/declaw) in addition to annual exam, fecal, and heartworm/tick borne disease screens.

Green

Every 12 months - Annual wellness examination (every 6 months beginning at 6 years), fecal exam, heartworm/tick borne disease screen (dogs), and basic wellness profiling to check internal organ status.

Yellow

Every 12 months - Senior Health Profile (comprehensive internal organ screen including Thyroid testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts and urinalysis) in addition to fecal and heartworm/tick borne disease screens.

Every 6 months - Wellness examination.

Red

Every 12 months - Senior Health Profile (comprehensive internal organ screen including Thyroid testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts and urinalysis) in addition to fecal and heartworm/tick borne disease screens and other labwork based on known medical conditions.

Every 6 months - Wellness examination

 

Altoona Veterinary Hospital - Surveillance Screening