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Comprehensive Screening Panel

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A Comprehensive Screening Panel allows us to learn information about your pet's health and uncover more underlying disease.


While we can detect a lot with a physical exam, it's often once things are already wrong that most patients find their way into a veterinarian hospital. Screening panels help us detect diseases before they cause problems for the pets and we can play a proactive role in their health. 

At Least 1 in 4 Preventative Comprehensive Screening Blood and Fecal profiles indicate the need for follow-up in adult and senior cats and dogs.

What is included in the screening?

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)

  • Blood Chemistries

  • Urinalysis

  • Thyroid Hormone

  • Pro B-Type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP)

  • Urine Protein : Creatinine Ratio

  • 4DX for Dogs

  • FeLV/FIV/Heartworm for Cats

  • Fecal Float & Fecal Antigen 

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An analysis from more than a quarter-million wellness visits that included just bloodwork revealed significant findings that required follow up in:


1 in 7 adults

  • Cats aged 2–8 years

  • Dogs aged 3–6 years


1 in 5 seniors

  • Cats aged 9–13 years

  • Dogs aged 7–10 years


2 in 5 geriatrics

  • Cats aged 14+ years

  • Dogs aged 11+ years

Data is based on analyses of 29,795 canine IDEXX Preventive Care profiles, ran as part of routine wellness visits. The conclusions from the all-dog analysis are similar to an analysis that included cats.

Are some of the screenings new to you?
Let's explain what some of these tests are looking for & why they are important!

Blood Chemistries: This screening evaluate a pet's organ function, electrolyte status, hormone levels and more. These tests are important to evaluating the health of older pet's, cats or dogs with signs of vomiting, diarrhea or toxin exposure, as well as pet's receiving long-term medications and general health before anesthesia.

Pro B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP): Measurements of these biomarkers are used to help support the diagnosis of a variety of conditions, including heart failure, myocarditis, and cardiomyopathies. The most widely utilized cardiac biomarkers in dogs and cats are B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and cardiac troponin I (cTnI).

4DX for Dogs: This is a blood test that checks to see if your dog has antigen to heartworm disease or antibodies to one of the five tick-borne diseases (Ehrlichia canis, Ehrlichia ewingii, Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma platys).

Understanding blood tests is second nature to us. However, we understand that the same might not be said for you. This is why we always fully explain the results of blood tests with you. After all, arresting and treating whatever a comprehensive screening panel indicates takes an informed and concerted team effort.


When Will A Veterinarian Recommend a Comprehensive Screening Panel?

The following situations can result in blood work being suggested:

  • On the first veterinary visit: We recommend kittens and puppies complete blood tests to rule out congenital diseases, for baseline information, and for pre-anesthetic testing prior to spaying or neutering.

  • During semi-annual wellness exams: This is recommended as part of a thorough physical examination because cat or dog's blood work, along with other bodily fluids like urine, can help identify conditions that the examination portion of a physical cannot.

  • If an animal seems not quite right: blood tests are suitable for an animal that is not displaying any overt signs of illness, disease, or injury but is acting abnormally.

  • Pre-surgical tests: Cat or dog blood work is used to determine the efficiency of the liver and kidneys, which helps a veterinarian select the safest dose of anesthesia. Tests can also help determine the surgical risk level in infirm, elderly, or injured dogs.

  • Prior to starting a new medication: This is particularly useful for new medications that may be metabolized by the liver or kidney.

  • During senior wellness exams: Blood tests are usually recommended for mature, senior, and geriatric animals as part of their periodic wellness exams. They are extremely beneficial, as we often see seniors return to a more youthful state when blood tests identify an issue that can be easily treated.

It should be expected that diagnostic testing will be performed during every routine wellness visit. If you have any questions, give us a call at (904)436-PETS

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