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Early Disease Detection: Simple Tests - So Many Results

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Posted on 06-06-2017

Your pet cannot tell us how they feel - it’s usually how they look or act that tells you something is wrong. Cats are known for hiding symptoms from you.  You play a key role in helping your pet combat illness and stay as healthy as possible.

Annual (and bi-annual every 6 months as the pet ages) exams with lab tests are the best ways to ensure that your pet lives a long, healthy and happy life.

Diabetes, kidney, heart & liver disease may not show symptoms at onset.  Identifying diseases and complications early allow us a better chance to develop a treatment plan for your pet.

Richland Animal Clinic's Early Disease Detection Testing can provide information about your pet’s liver, kidneys & pancreas, blood sugar levels, white & red blood cell and platelet count.

Why do we recommend annual wellness blood tests on healthy pets?

  • Over 1 in 3 cats and 1 in 10 dogs will develop kidney disease
  • Over 50% of cats over age 15 are afflicted with kidney disease
  • Liver disease is 5th leading cause of death in dogs
  • 1 in 200 dogs will develop diabetes
  • Overweight cats have higher chance of developing diabetes

Each pet is unique – annual testing allows us to determine what a normal baseline is for your pet. Trending these results over time allows us to diagnose problems early as we notice changes in your pet earlier. More advanced disease is associated with more complications and it can make treatment harder and more expensive.

We offer different packages to allow us to best help you help your pet live a longer, healthier, happier life.

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