Health Screening Tests
Routine blood testing is extremely important as patients age. Anytime your pet requires anesthesia (surgery, dental prophylaxia) we perform preanesthetic blood testing to rule out underlying problems and establish baseline values which are normal for your pet. In addition,we will recommend age and breed specific testing as your pet ages.
Canine hip dysplasia (abnormal development of the hip joint) begins when the hip joint in a young dog becomes loose or unstable. If left undiagnosed and untreated, this instability causes abnormal wear of the hip cartilage and ultimately progresses to osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. Signs of this condition are pain, reluctance to get up or exercise, difficulty climbing stairs, a “bunny-hopping” gait, limping, and lameness, especially after periods of […]