At Howard County Veterinary Service, we are proud to offer some new preventative healthcare plans for your furry friends, young and old! These plans can help us detect trends and catch disease earlier to keep your pet happy and healthy as long as possible. Read more in the brochure to learn more about how these plans can help your pet at an affordable price!
What are preventative healthcare plans, and how do they work?
Preventative healthcare plans are simply additional testing that we can submit during your pet’s annual vaccination and wellness exam that give us more information regarding your pet’s overall health. While a lot of information can be gathered when your pet is examined from head to tail, there are a lot of diseases that we cannot detect on a general exam. Samples from your pet are collected during their annual visit and submitted to a reference lab. Because a reference lab is used, we can run a lot of tests and get a lot of information for a very affordable price.
When can I expect to get the results from my pet’s tests?
Results will be reported to you with a phone call from a veterinarian or staff member within 2-3 business days. If any abnormalities are found in the tests, they can be discussed with your veterinarian at that time. You may also request hard copies of your pet’s test results.
Canine Young Wellness (dogs less than 7 years of age)
Chemistry measuring 10 analytes, SDMA (test that detects kidney disease earlier than standard bloodwork), complete blood count, standard fecal, heartworm test, and tick-borne illness test.
Feline Young Wellness (cats less than 7 years of age)
Chemistry measuring 10 analytes with SDMA, complete blood count, and fecal ova and parasite test.
Canine Senior Wellness (dogs 7 years of age and older)
Chemistry measuring 27 analytes with SDMA, triglycerides (fats), complete blood count, heartworm test, tick-borne illness test, Spec cPL (pancreatic function), fecal, thyroid profile, and urinalysis.
Feline Senior Wellness (cats 7 years of age and older)
Chemistry measuring 25 analytes with SDMA, complete blood count, Spec fPL (pancreatic function), fecal parasite test, thyroid profile, and urinalysis.
Benefits of Preventative Healthcare Plans
- The bloodwork in preventative plans helps us confirm that your pet’s organ systems are functioning properly and detect hidden illnesses that may put your pet’s health at risk.
- In young, healthy animals, these plans help us establish baselines that can help us detect illness more quickly for years to come. Our software graphs every analyte measured every time bloodwork is run on your pet, allowing us to detect trends instead of just high or low values.
- The preventative plans detect disease in senior pets that are more at-risk. Waiting to run tests when your pet is sick often leaves us with fewer options for treatment. Detecting disease earlier gives us more treatment options and more opportunities to give your pet a good quality of life for longer.