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Health Screening Tests in Phillipsburg

Stay on Top of Your Pet’s Health

At Warren Animal Hospital, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s important to stay on top of your pet’s health with regular check-ups and parasite prevention. Another important way to protect your pet’s health is to make sure you screen for various diseases or degenerative conditions early and often. Our veterinary team can help you ensure that your pets stay on the path to a long and healthy life with our Phillipsburg pet health screening tests.

We offer in-house health screening tests for conditions such as:

  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Renal dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia

There are a multitude of diseases and degenerative conditions that we can screen for at Warren Animal Hospital – so many that we can’t list them all here! If you are looking for additional health screening tests, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our veterinarians on your next visit.

For more information about health screening tests available at Warren Animal Hospital, please call (908) 258-6339 or contact us online.

Medical Assessment

To ensure a proper diagnosis of your pet’s condition, our veterinarians will need to examine your pet. We begin a medical assessment by looking at your pet’s eyes, ears, and skin. We also check your pet’s cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will perform blood and/or urine tests as necessary to check your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system, including the thyroid and adrenal glands. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as radiography (x-rays), endoscopy (internal scoping), ultrasound, or biopsy. Each of these tests will tell us something different about your pet’s health and will help us determine the best treatment options for your pet.

Von Willebrand’s Disease Screening

Similar to hemophilia in humans, von Willebrand’s disease can result in life-threatening bleeding. Knowing if your dog has this condition before an emergency situation arises can mean the difference between life and death. Many dogs that carry this disease in their genetic makeup go undetected until a minor surgery or small, superficial injury results in significant blood loss.

At Warren Animal Hospital, we offer testing for this disease, which is a highly inheritable trait in some breeds. As many as 50% of Dobermans are affected; other commonly affected breeds include German shepherds, German shorthaired and wirehaired pointers, golden and Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Pembroke Welsh corgis, poodles, Scottish and Manchester terriers, and Shetland sheepdogs. If you have an at-risk breed, we recommend that you have your dog tested.

Renal Dysplasia Screening

Renal dysplasia is a disorder in which the kidneys do not develop normally. It most commonly affects Shih Tzus, Lhasa apsos, and soft-coated wheaten terriers. Dogs usually become clinically ill before one year of age.

Unfortunately, this genetic disease has no cure; many affected dogs will develop kidney failure. Management options are extremely limited and generally expensive. Although some dogs are only carriers of this disorder and have normal kidney function, they can still pass the trait onto their offspring.

Hip Dysplasia Screening

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 inactivity or exercise.

Hip dysplasia most commonly affects large- and giant-breed dogs; however, smaller dogs can also be affected. Although genetics often play a role in this disorder, young dogs that grow or gain weight too quickly or get too much high-impact exercise are also at risk. Being overweight can aggravate hip dysplasia.

We can help you prevent or slow this condition by monitoring food intake and ensuring that your dog gets proper exercise as he or she ages. The earlier we can diagnose hip dysplasia, the better the possible outcome for your dog.

To make an appointment for a medical assessment or pet health test screening in Phillipsburg, please call (908) 258-6339 or contact us online.

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