Dog health testing is important for monitoring their risk factors and catching any issues before they become critical. With everything from vaccines to DNA tests available at Maxvets, it can be tricky to know precisely what your dog needs.
What is Dog Health Testing?
Dog health testing is the process of checking for diseases and conditions in your pet that may cause them harm. There are a number of tests available at Maxvets for both young dogs and adult dogs that help catch any potential issues early on.
Vaccinations are incredibly important for dogs. Many dogs will have their vaccination schedule outlined in their medical records when you take them to the vet. If your dog has an existing condition or their vaccination schedule changes, you can also speak to our vet about testing your dog for immunity.
Some of the common vaccinations for dogs include
Rabies: This is the most important vaccination for dogs. It protects against the Rabies virus, which is fatal if not treated.
Dog Flu: This vaccination is recommended for dogs in high-risk areas and can be given at any time of the year. Dog Leptospirosis: This vaccination is recommended for dogs who spend time in wildlife areas, farms or zoos.
Dog Parvovirus: This vaccination is recommended for puppies, rescue dogs and dogs that spend time with puppies.
Heartworm is a serious and costly condition that can be prevented with simple monthly medication. Heartworm is caused by a parasitic worm that is contracted by dogs when they are bitten by a mosquito carrying infected larvae.
Some of the common worm treatments for dogs include:
Deworming: This is a general worming schedule that looks for common worms in dogs like roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.
Heartworm Prevention: Heartworm is a serious and costly condition that can be prevented with an easy monthly medication.
Flea Prevention: Fleas cause irritation, and skin infections, and can lead to serious diseases in dogs.
Worming Your Puppy: Puppies are especially susceptible to worms, so it is important to worm them regularly.
Genetic Tests for Dogs
There are various genetic tests available for dogs. These can be used to identify a wide variety of inherited disorders. There are tests for conditions such as hip dysplasia, eye disorders, and heart defects.
Ear and eye disorders are surprisingly common in dogs. A lot of the time, they are caused by simple irritation and can be treated easily. But they can also be early indicators of more serious diseases. The best way to treat ear and eye disorders is to catch them early.
A DNA test is the most comprehensive dog health test you can do. It can detect a wide range of diseases and conditions, from minor to serious. DNA tests are especially useful for breeders who are trying to breed out inherited disorders.