Ozark Animal Medical Center

2150 Bypass Road
Heber Springs, AR 72543

(501)206-0505

ozarkvet.com

Why Do Our Pets Need Surveillance Screening?

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

Use the age chart below to find your pet's age in "people" years and the screening testing recommended for each stage of his or her life.

We believe the following tests give us the best chance of helping your pets live longer, healthier lives.

These are approximations and may vary by gender, species and breed.

Blue/
Lilac 

Every 12 months - Heartworm Test and Intestinal Parasite Screen

Green

Every 12 months - Heartworm Test, Intestinal Parasite Screen, and Annual Health Profile (a blood test checking red and white blood cell counts and a more comprehensive internal organ screen)  

Yellow

Every 12 months -  Heartworm Test, Intestinal Parasite Screen, and Senior Health Profile (comprehensive internal organ screen including Thyroid testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts and urinalysis)

Red

Every 12 months - Heartworm Test and Intestinal Parasite Screen

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