What is wellness testing?

Wellness testing is a process of check-ups and blood tests designed to detect early or hidden disease in pets that appear to be otherwise healthy. This preventive care screening not only has the potential to uncover disease before it progresses to something painful or life threatening for your much-loved companion, but also helps you avoid significant medical expenses down the track.

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Why do wellness testing?

It’s not always obvious when your fur baby is unwell, so wellness screening tests are often recommended as part of your pet’s annual exam. If a disease can be detected before your pet shows signs of illness, steps can often be taken to manage or correct the problem before permanent damage occurs.

When is wellness testing done?

Many pet owners combine wellness testing with their pet’s annual visit to the veterinarian for physical examination, vaccination, and heartworm testing. Your veterinarian may recommend more frequent testing depending on age or specific health concerns but monitoring your pet’s health status on a regular basis makes it easier for your veterinarian to detect minor changes that signal the onset of disease.

Blood tests can be carried out during a regular consultation. A small amount of blood is collected using a syringe needle, then placed into special tubes and processed either on-site or in an external laboratory.

What tests might my veterinarian run?

Several tests are routinely performed when blood work is recommended:

  • A complete blood count (CBC) can identify infection, inflammation and anaemia.
  • A complete blood chemistry panel, including electrolytes, provides information about your pet’s liver, kidneys and pancreas as well as other functions of the body, such as blood sugar and hydration.
  • A urinalysis identifies an infection or inflammation in the urinary tract.
  • A thyroid function test detects whether or not your pet’s thyroid gland is functioning properly. Thyroid disease is very common in older cats and dogs.
  • A faecal test allows veterinarians to check your pet for intestinal parasites which may live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Since they are usually hidden from view the only way to detect the presence of most intestinal parasites and identify them is by doing a faecal test.
  • Your veterinarian may also recommend additional tests.

Results can rule out certain diseases immediately, allowing peace of mind. However, if results are abnormal, your veterinarian is in a position to make fast decisions and you as pet parent will generally have more options given the early detection.

Prevention is proactive care and Your PetPA have developed the Thriving Pets+ wellness plan to support simple and affordable health care through every stage of your pet’s life. Including a wellness screen discount, other benefits include:

  • Free in clinic consultations
  • Free online Telehealth appointments
  • Free vaccination
  • Dental discount
  • 10% off retail
  • Educational resources
  • Preventative Package (Annually delivered to your door) – optional

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~ Dr Lachlan Campbell