What You Should Know About: Annual Wellness Screening

Annual Wellness Screening – Why It’s Important

We all want what’s best for our pets. However, when it comes to long term health, outward appearances are not always the whole story. Up to 10-14 percent of pets brought to veterinary clinics have some type of underlying disease or illness. Furthermore, many of these pets who seem healthy upon a physical exam may actually have health issues that can go undetected without an annual wellness screening.

The development of disease can be subtle. This is due in part to the fact that when an organ system starts to fail, the organ will try to compensate, bringing its function back as close as possible to normal. However over time, this compensation mechanism will fail and the pet will become ill. Consequently, once the pet is in organ failure, treatment options become limited, expensive, and the prognosis may be poor.

What to Expect

An annual wellness screening is a simple blood test designed to detect problems before your pet shows any outward symptoms. At Fisher Glen, our lab performs these annual wellness checkups, which test for such factors as:

  • liver function
  • kidney function
  • pancreas function
  • electrolyte levels
  • mineral balance


  • blood sugar
  • infection
  • inflammatory disease
  • anemia

We usually have results within 24 hours, and as a result we can then make any necessary treatment recommendations at a point when treatment will truly make a difference to your pet’s life.

In conclusion, at Fisher Glen Animal Hospital we believe in preventative medicine. If you can prevent an illness early on it’s easier on your pet, on you, and on your pocket book. Wellness programs not only help your pet live longer, but also help them to live better. Consider booking an appointment with Fisher Glen Animal Hospital today for an annual wellness screening checkup!

For more information or to book an appointment, please Contact Us Today to speak to one of our veterinary technicians, or visit our Services page to learn more about everything we offer at Fisher Glen Animal Hospital!

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