Old Lyme Veterinary Hospital

1 Davis Road West
Old Lyme, CT 06371

(860)434-8387

www.oldlymevets.com

 

Why do our pets need surveillance screening?

 

 

Surveillance screening means bringing your pet in for regular, routine examinations, regardless of whether they are ill. So, if your pet isn't ill, why are surveillance screenings important?

 

Firstly, our pets can't speak. They cannot tell us if they feel unwell or have any other indicators of internal illness. We need to examine them every 6-12 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.

 

Regular surveillance screenings help us find signs of illness early, and are a vital part of routine care.

 

We believe the following tests give us the best chance of helping your pets live longer, healthier lives.  Use the tables below to first determine your pet's life stage, and then see the screening testing recommended for each stage of your pet's life.

 

These are approximations and may vary by gender, species and breed. We will work with you and your pet to develop a specific plan based on your pet's needs.

 

 

Use this chart to see your pet's recommended screenings.

Blue/
Lilac 

Every 12 months - Baseline Blood Profile (a small blood test checking internal organ health)

Every 6 months - Urine Specific Gravity ( a urine test to check how well the kidneys concentrate urine)

Green

Every 12 months - Annual Health Profile (a blood test checking red and white blood cell counts and a more comprehensive internal organ screen)

Every 6 months - Urine Specific Gravity  

Yellow

Every 12 months - Senior Health Profile (comprehensive internal organ screen including Thyroid testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts and urine specific gravity)

Every 6 months - Urine Specific Gravity +/- Urine Dipstick  

Red

Every 6 months - Golden Years Health Profile (comprehensive internal organ screen including Thyroid testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts)