Heart of Ankeny Animal Hospital

701 Ordnance Rd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

(515)635-0095

www.heartofankeny.com

 

Why do our pets need surveillance screening?

Firstly, our pets can't speak, they cannot tell us if they feeling unwell or have any other indicators of internal illness. We need to examine them every 6 months as well as run some routine screening tests to detect underlying disease BEFORE it is clinically apparent.

Secondly, pets will actively mask signs of illness until late in the course of disease. This stems from survival instincts in a pack or colony situation.

Use the age chart below to find your pets age in "people" years and the screening testing recommended for each stage of his or her life.

We believe the following tests give us the best chance of helping your pet's live longer, healthier lives. We want the best for your pet!

These are approximations and may vary by gender, species and breed.

Blue/
Lilac 

Every 6 months -

physical examination

Every 12 months - 

Baseline bloodwork (cbc, comprehensive profile). Allows us to evaluate blood cell counts and internal organ function.

Fecal screening and deworming. Allows us to detect and prevent intestinal parasites.

Heartworm and tick borne disease testing. Allows us to screen for heartworm infection transmitted by mosqitoes and other infections transmitted by tick bites.

Green

Every 6 months - 

physical examination

Every 12 months -

Annual bloodwork (cbc, comprehensive profile, electrolytes). Allows us to evaluate blood cell counts and internal organ function.

Urine screening. Allows us to evaluate for urinary tract infection, diabetes, and kidney function.

Fecal screening and deworming. Allows us to detect and prevent intestinal parasites.

Heartworm and tick borne disease testing. Allows us to screen for heartworm infection transmitted by mosqitoes and other infections transmitted by tick bites.

Yellow

Every 6 months - 

physical examination

Baseline bloodwork (cbc/comprehensive) Allow us to evaluate blood cell counts and internal organ function.

Urine screening. Allows us to evaluate for urinary tract infection, diabetes, and kidney function.

Every 12 months -

Thyroid screening

Fecal screening and deworming. Allows us to detect and prevent intestinal parasites.

Heartworm and tick borne disease testing. Allows us to screen for heartworm infection transmitted by mosqitoes and other infections transmitted by tick bites.

Red

Every 6 months - 

physical examination

Baseline bloodwork (cbc/comprehensive) Allow us to evaluate blood cell counts and internal organ function.

Urine screening. Allows us to evaluate for urinary tract infection, diabetes, and kidney function.

Fecal screening and deworming. Allows us to detect and prevent intestinal parasites.

Every 12 months -

Thyroid screening to evaluate for endocrine dysfunction.

Chest x- rays to evaluate heart size/shape and lung fields.

Heartworm and tick borne disease testing. Allows us to screen for heartworm infection transmitted by mosqitoes and other infections transmitted by tick bites.