Animal Medical Associates

575 Main Street
Saco, ME 04072

(207)282-5151

animalmedicalassociates.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 6 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 pets 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 pet's live longer, healthier lives.

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

Blue/
Lilac 

Every 12 months - Baseline Blood Profile (a small blood test checking internal organ health) as well as a heartworm (dogs) or feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency test (cats)

Every 6 months - Urine Specific Gravity/urinalysis (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), as well as a heartworm test (dogs) or feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency test (cats)

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), EKG tracing of the heart, screening for high blood pressure and glaucoma, and a complete urinalysis.

Every 6 months - Urinalysis

Red

Every 6 months - Golden Years Health Profile (comprehensive internal organ screen including Thyroid testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts), EKG tracing of the heart, screening for high blood pressure and glaucoma, a urinalysis, and chest x-rays.