How old is your pet? By the time your dog or cat is 8 years old, depending on the breed, it is the equivalent of a human at 40-50 years of age. Our Golden Paw Program for dogs and our Silver Whiskers Program for cats will screen for early signs of many diseases we see as pets get older. The tests include and ECG (heart), urinalysis and urine protein (infection, kidney failure, ), blood chemistries (kidney, liver, diabetes, etc), thyroid testing, radiographs, We do the testing twice yearly at a significant discount.
Keeping your pet’s teeth healthy is just as important s keeping your own teeth healthy. Our pets get cavities, root abscesses and gingivitis. The bacteria associated with these diseases are swallowed continually and their favorite hiding places are the kidneys and the valves of the heart, which causes serious infections.
We would be happy to perform a complimentary evaluation of your pet’s teeth and let you know if they need to be cleaned.
A microchip may save your pet’s life and bring him or her back home! Most shelters, humane societies, laboratories and veterinarians scan found dogs and cats for microchips. Microchips contain a number that uniquely indentifies your pet. The number accesses your contact information.
We recommend microchips for all pets.
A mix of a mix of a mix?
What’s in Your Dog’s Background?
You might be surprised what breeds are in your dog’s ancestory! Find out with Wisdom DNA testing. This is a simple blood test that we send to the lab, and they return the breeds that comprise the major genetic family background of your canine. So when the Pugs gather for the Pug Prom…you may be able to attend with your dog that looks more like a beagle! It’s not only fun, it will help assist you and your veterinarian keep your dog healthy by knowing more about the inherited diseases that he or she may be prone to, as many are breed specific.
Heartworm Disease & Prevention
What is heartworm disease? Heartworm disease is a parasite infection of the heart, transmitted by mosquitos. When an infected mosquito bites an animal, it passes along an immature form of a heartworm. The adult worms live in the heart and surrounding blood vessels. Heartworm disease can be fatal. It primarily affects dogs, but cats can also be affected.
What are the signs of heartworm disease? If your dog has been recently infected or has a mild infection, it may show no signs of the illness. As the disease progresses your dog may show signs of lethargy, coughing, exercise intolerance, loss of appetite or difficulty breathing. In cats the signs are vomiting, coughing, diarrhea or difficulty breathing.
How is heartworm disease diagnosed? In dogs a small amount of blood is drawn and sent to an outside laboratory for testing. The test results are available within 24 hours. If your dog is heartworm positive, further diagnostics are recommended. Testing in cats is more difficult, two tests are done with a small amount of blood, but these test results can be inconclusive.
Can heartworm disease be treated? Heartworm disease is treatable with a series of injections, with a short hospital stay and crate rest. For cats there is currently no effective and safe treatment.
How is heartworm disease prevented? Heartworm disease and infection is 99% preventable in cats and dogs. There are several heartworm preventions available, given once monthly.
Prevention and Compliance are the key.
Please have your pet tested and protected!
House calls…a thing of the past?
Not at Cloverleaf Animal Hospital! We offer well-animal house calls for your pet for any reason…your convenience, to decrease your pet’s stress level, or just because….