NEW Wellness Bundles
posted: Oct. 03, 2019.
Rolling Hills Vets firmly believe that practicing “Proactive Pet Care” is by far superior than practicing “reactive pet care”. We want to help pet parents be “Proactive”.
Why do my pets need to see the Vet so often?
Just as it is in human medicine, proactive & preventative healthcare is just as important in veterinary medicine.
Annual vet visits for dogs and cats under 7 years of age allows your Veterinarian to, not only vaccinate your pet against common and dangerous diseases in your area, but also look for any signs of illness or trauma that your pet might be experiencing. Not all illnesses have easily identifiable physical symptoms. For some animals, as frequently occurs with cats, ignoring pain or hiding symptoms of weakness and illness from their owner is common. It is therefore important to have a Licensed Veterinarian do a thorough evaluation of your pet’s health at least once a year. Sometimes more check-ups are needed multiple times a year. Check out this VIDEO to see how our Vets evaluate your pet.
For pets OVER 7 years of age; a TWICE yearly Veterinary evaluation is ideal. As our pets age they begin to develop health issues with greater frequency. Common age-related issues may include:
- joint/arthritis pain
- liver disease
- gum disease and tooth decay
- eyesight/hearing loss
- cognitive degeneration and behavior changes.
Early detection and treatment of these problems can lessen or even halt their advance. Some of these illnesses can be corrected or resolved with a simple diet change. This means you will have more time with your pet as a happy and active member of the family instead of putting them through costly and painful surgeries or more advanced treatments.
What is the benefit of running blood tests on my pet regularly?
In addition to the core vaccines your pet needs, lab tests will offer the “internal exam” of your pet and paint a picture of their overall health.
Remember your pet ages faster than you. So annual check-ups and lab tests, which is quite normal in human medicine, can be the equivalent of a check-up every 7 years for your dog or cat. A lot can change for your pet in that time.
When our Vets are able to run blood tests on your pet, they are able to help prevent some diseases and detect problems earlier. This allows the Vets to offer more treatment options if something unexpected arises on any tests.
Here is a list of the tests commonly ordered for Fido & Fluffy.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) – The CBC tells your Vet how Fido’s red and white blood cell’s are doing. This will indicate to us whether their body is fighting an infection (too many white blood cells), or if they are developing a disease (too many or too few red blood cells)
Electrolytes – Changes in Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and others will provide your Vet with a clearer picture of a possible illness if there is an imbalance.
Blood Chemistry – Tests vary by the number of Bio-chemicals we are viewing in your pets body. From their sugar and protein levels to values related to specific organs. These labs give your Vet an overall picture of your pet’s internal workings.
Kidney Health Assessment (SDMA) – The SDMA test is a new and highly effective test that will identify problems with your pet’s kidney health 10 times earlier. This means that we can see Kidney problems BEFORE their kidneys begin to shut down.
Thyroid Test (TT4) – This test will let your Vet know if your pet’s thyroid is working too hard, or not hard enough. This may relate to increased weight gain or loss, increased hunger or lethargy. An increased thyroid level can also cause your pet to have high blood pressure.
Heartworm Test – The simple Heartworm test looks for the presence of chemicals given off by adult heartworms in the blood stream. Heartworm cases have increased significantly in the last two years? We had 7 heartworm positive pets at our clinic in the last year alone. Heartworm treatment to eradicate these adult worms can be costly, so the best option is regular preventative medication that will kill the immature worm BEFORE it’s 30 day cycle brings it to adulthood. Ask your Vet about prevention options.
Tick borne disease test – The 4DX or Tick-borne disease panel is now standard on all our Heartworm Tests. This looks for tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease which are increasing in frequency across the United States. To learn more visit the CAPC (Companion Animal Parasite Council) for further information.
Intestinal Worm screen – What you may recognize as a Stool or Fecal Test. The CAPC recommends testing for intestinal parasites like roundworms and whipworms twice a year for adult dogs/cats and four times a year for puppies and kittens. A “Fresh” sample (one that is warm and steamy) is important to bring to every Vet visit, whether your Vet asks for one or not.
Urinalysis – A recent sample of your Pet’s urine may be obtained by you at home (what we call a “free catch”) or by the doctor for a sterile sample (what is called a Cystocentisis). Commonly thought to just check for Urinary Tract Infections, this test also helps to see how well your pet’s kidneys are functioning. Presence of crystals or proteins in the urine, it’s PH balance and other factors can let the doctor know how well your pet’s kidneys are filtering toxins and if the pet is developing stones.
Heart Health Test (Pro BNP) – This is another New test that is now standard for all our FELINE labwork. This test can indicate problems with your pet’s heart that may not be picked up traditional labs. Early detection of heart stress and abnormalities can save your cats life, by allowing you to treat and strengthen the heart BEFORE symptoms appear.
The Veterinarians at Rolling Hills Pet Clinic are rolling out streamlined Wellness Bundles to help you provide the BEST care for your furry friends,
For our Junior pet bundles we include their yearly exam, their core vaccinations (Rabies, Distemper/Parvo/Adeno virus, Leptospirosis, & Bordetella), and a mini blood panel.
Our Senior pet bundles include twice a year exams, their core vaccinations, and one more comprehensive blood panel.
Our Feline patients have a similar Junior and Senior bundles that include their core vaccinations (Rabies, FRCP, and Feline Leukemia). All feline blood panels also include the Heart Health Test (Pro BNP) and screening for FELV/FIV.
Plus, each Wellness Bundle includes a 30 day complimentary pet insurance policy with Trupanion®*.
Call us to learn more about our Proactive Wellness Bundles at 520.790.4871. Or click here to learn more about the different plan options.
Trupanion® will reimburse 90% of vet bills if treatment is needed during the 30 day complimentary policy after a $250 deductible. If you continue the policy, any treatment still needed will be covered and will not be considered a preexisting condition. For more information about Trupanion®, please speak with any RHPC staff member or visit www.Trupanion.com.