Preventative and Wellness Screenings
Why are they recommended?
Check out our video, with Dr. Arneson, explaining why we recommend wellness screenings and how it can effect your pet's life!
Heartland Veterinary Clinic was the first veterinary clinic in the valley to include laser surgery and now has more than five years experience. Laser technology can be employed in virtually any surgical procedure we perform. From the most routine to the most advanced, laser allows us to reduce surgical bleeding, post-operative pain and infection rates. Ask our staff about adding laser surgery to your pet’s procedure.
The total services available at Heartland are too numerous to list. Some of these are:
▪ Full in-house diagnostic laboratory
▪ Specialized testing through numerous outside labs
▪ Radiology, Ultrasound, and Endoscopy
Preventive Health Care
Included here are vaccinations to protect against the most common and deadliest diseases of companion animals. Also, we recommend very important services such as heartworm testing, intestinal parasite screening, feline leukemia testing and feline AIDS testing to ensure the overall health of your companion.
General Health Screening
Routine blood work for any animal and geriatric work-ups for those over 6 years of age are great ways to detect health problems as early as possible. Six month check-ups are also highly recommended to aid in the early detection of health problems. Most problems are more treatable or manageable if caught at an early stage.
Gentle Care and Pain Control
Our philosophy is to provide pain-free health care. We strive to take a preventative approach, intervening in the early stages of painful procedures. All of our surgeries also include a pain management protocol post-operatively.
A permanent identification system can be placed into your pet while you wait. Home Again® microchips are registered to a 24 hour recovery hotline. The unique number in your pet’s chip can be accessed by almost any veterinary practice or shelter nationwide. Home Again also offers additional lost pet services with their annual membership.
- Fecal exam
- We check your pet’s stool twice a year for signs of intestinal disease and parasites. We will examine the stool for outward signs of disease— such as blood, mucus and abnormal consistency or color. We’ll also perform a fecal flotation procedure and take a look with a microscope, which is the best way to uncover the presence of the most common internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms or whipworms.
- Heartworm test
- Each year, we collect a small sample of your pet’s blood to test for heartworms, which can be fatal in both dogs and cats. Infected mosquitoes spread heartworm disease. Even pets that stay indoors are susceptible, as mosquitoes can slip into homes and bite an unprotected pet. And even if your dog or cat is on heartworm prevention year-round, it’s critical to do this blood test annually, as even one missed or late dose of preventive can put them at risk.
- Complete blood count (CBC) and serum chemistry panel
- Symptoms of some conditions or diseases won’t show up until your pet is very sick. That’s why we test your pet’s blood annually to detect and try to prevent disease as early as possible. These blood tests tell us whether your pet is anemic (not enough red blood cells) or fighting infection. We can also tell whether internal organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning properly. In some cases, treatable diseases such as diabetes can be detected with these tests.
- Like a blood test, a urine test gives us an understanding of how healthy your pet is on the inside. A urinalysis once a year offers clues that point to underlying causes of disease, such as a bladder infection or kidney disease. Once we have the results of this test and the blood tests, we’ll have a picture of your pet’s internal health and will be well on our way to detecting disease as early as possible.
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