Friday, October 31, 2014
Dr. Ehud Sela, The gentle Vet: The Importance of early diagnosis and screening tests
Often, when symptoms are already present a certain amount of damage has happened, and at times this damage is not reversible and lead to long term consequences.
In my practice I recommend every 6 months some basic and non invasive tests, such as: urine analysis, and complete blood work, that will help us detect signs of possible illness before they become clinically apparent. A urine analysis can detect signs of a urinary infection, renal disease, diabetes, among other serious diseases.
Complete blood work gives us an indication as to how the internal organs are functioning, and at time can help in detecting early signs of certain cancers.
I also often advise screening ultrasounds, as they do not involve radiation, and give us a non invasive visual on the structure of vital internal organs.
In conclusion: Early diagnosis and screening tests are an essential tool in the maintenance of our pets’ health. As, sadly, the life expectancy of our pets—dogs and cats—is much shorter than ours, our pets move quickly from infancy, to adulthood, to middle age, and before we know it they are senior-citizen-pets.
The more we know about their health, and the earlier we know it, can keep them with us alive and happy for as long as possible.
Dr. Ehud Sela
Gentle Vet Animal Hospital