Screening Tests

Diseases or conditions requiring regular screening tests

 

Diabetics

Insulin treated diabetics require a blood glucose curve to be taken every six months to ensure the insulin dose is correct. Your animal will need to be checked in in the morning (around 8:30-9am) and will be able to be discharged around 6pm.

 

Ongoing use of medication (e.g. anti-inflammatories, immunosuppressants)

Using drugs like anti-inflammatories for prolonged periods of time can put a strain on the animal's kidneys. A blood test should be taken once every six months to screen the kidneys for any potential damage. This can be done in a standard 15 minute appointment and results take around a day to process.

 

Epileptics

Epileptics treated with phenobarbitol and/or potassium bromide require the levels of these drug/s to be tested every six months for the first year of treatment, then every year following. This can be done in a standard 15 minute appointment, and results take 2-4 days to process.

 

Thyroid disorders

Animals with hypo- or hyperthyroidism need blood tests taken every 3-6 months to check T4 levels. This can check whether or not current treatment is effective. Pets beginning the Hills y/d diet as a treatment need to have a blood test one month after starting the diet, then every 3-6 months. Blood can be taken in a standard 15 minute appointment, and results will take 1-2 days to process.

 

Chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Pets being treated for CKD need to have blood tests done every 6 months to check their kidney function. Blood can be taken in a standard 15 minute appointment, and results will be available within a few hours.