At Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic in Kerrville, Texas, we encourage our clients to understand their pet’s health in its entirety—from a young dog to their old age. Because pets can’t tell you when they are feeling ill and many hide their pain based on instinct, early disease detection testing can play a key role in maintaining your pet’s health. Changes in your pet’s health status can occur at any time, and some symptoms may not be as clear as others. Routine diagnostic tests and wellness examinations are one of the most useful tools our vets employ to keep your pet in good health.
It's necessary to schedule blood work and annual exams for your pet. These tests and lab results give your veterinarian an accurate way to determine changes from baseline lab work figures and detect early developing diseases.
Early Detection Panels (EDP) are physical examinations of the internal body. Typically, these are performed for pet’s aged one to seven years old as a part of their annual wellness exam. EDP is a broad testing method comprised of:
A Complete Blood Count - provides a comprehensive look at different blood cells and helps diagnose conditions such as anemia, infection, and dehydration.
A Urinalysis - gives us specific data about your pet’s kidney and urinary tract function and shows any abnormalities associated with the kidney or bladder, including kidney and urinary tract infections, diabetes, and kidney stones.
A Blood Chemistry Panel - measures the levels of a variety of substances in the blood and aids in diagnosing diseases such as diabetes, liver and kidney disease.
Early Disease Detection Testing in Kerrville, Texas
Early Detection Panels are particularly helpful because they can identify diseases that do not typically show any symptoms. If these diseases are caught early, we can make environmental and dietary changes and begin the necessary treatments to provide your beloved pet with the best quality of life possible. To schedule an EDP for your pet, call our offices at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic today in Kerrville, Texas.