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Embark Genetic Breed & Health Testing: Canine

Be Prepared

Embark tests for over 200+ genetic health risks, giving you the power to prepare for, and even prevent, illnesses and expenses before they strike. We will review the results together and work with you to create a customized health plan for your pet. Consider that knowing the risk for certain blood clotting disorders could help your veterinarian better plan surgical procedures to save your pet’s life!

It's In Their Genes

Some breeds are also more prone to specific diseases, so it is vital to understand your dog’s breed makeup to form a personalized preventative care and monitoring program. Understanding your dog’s breed ancestry can also help you make the best training and lifestyle choices for your pet.

BasePaws Genetic Health & Breed Testing: Feline

Learn more about your cat’s breed, traits, and health (now including dental health report). It’s easy, safe, and quick. Basepaws Cat DNA test is the most comprehensive feline health screening tool on the market.

  • Tests for 43 genetic conditions represented by 65 health markers.
  • Gives Risk scores for 3 of the most common dental conditions in cats.
  • Tests for all breed groups and breed similarities with top cat breeds + free lifetime updates.
  • 25 traits (including blood type and resistance to FIV) represented by 50 markers.

At My Pets Wellness, we are a group of veterinarian professionals that deeply love the animals we care for. We want to provide our patients with the best possible medicine to give them their best lives.

Dogs and Cats cannot tell us what they are feeling or where they are hurting. This often results in pets coming for treatment for conditions that could have been avoided. Too often, diagnostics are used in this industry only when there is a physical presentation of injury or disease. Our goal is to prevent injury or disease from happening in the first place. 

Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC)

A Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC) is one of the most important blood tests we perform as veterinarians. The CBC looks at the numbers, shapes, and sizes of red blood Anemia: Causes weakness, lethargy, heart murmurs, and possibly death Clotting: Causes Platelet dysfunction that can cause damage to organs (lungs, kidneys, heart), pain (saddle thrombus in cats), bleeding, bruising, and strokes. Infection/Inflammation: Causes fever, lethargy, decreased appetite, GI upset, Things we may find: weakness, and dehydration. cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It can help the veterinary team detect conditions like anemia and leukemia, and can detect inflammation, blood clotting concerns, and possible infections.

Thing we may find:

Anemia: Causes weakness, lethargy, heart murmurs, and possibly death

Clotting: Causes Platelet dysfunction that can cause damage to organs (lungs, kidneys, heart), pain (saddle thrombus in cats), bleeding, bruising, and strokes.

Infection/Inflammation: Causes fever, lethargy, decreased appetite, GI upset, Things we may find: weakness, and dehydration.

Blood Chemistry Panel

A chemistry panel is one of the most versatile tools we have in veterinary medicine. This test evaluates your pet’s organ function, hormone levels, electrolyte status and more. While they cannot give a specific answer as to what disease your pet might be suffering from, increases in certain enzymes or electrolytes are red flags that tell us we need to look deeper.

In healthy pets, blood work is very valuable to establish a “baseline” for each individual patient. We can monitor trends over the course of a year and act on any changes before your pet is sick. This is especially important if they do become sick, by allowing us to accurately interpret any changes in the patient’s blood.

Diseases that we can find with a chemistry panel, if left untreated, can cause symptoms such as anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, increased thirst, abdominal pain, increased urination, neurological abnormalities, and with severe conditions, death.

Thermal Imaging

Your pet is not able to show or tell us where their problems are. Thermal imaging solves that problem by letting us see the unseen, and identify what patients cannot tell us. This can be very helpful in three main ways.

What Thermal Imaging Can Do:

1. Evaluate Healthy Patients to Find Conditions Earlier

Our patients are often stoic, and it’s easy for us to miss subtle signs of illness. The sensitivity of thermal imaging provides a great addition to the physical examination and can guide us to areas that may need further investigation using palpation, anatomical imaging, or other diagnostic testing.

2. Evaluate Unhealthy Patients

We know there is a problem. Let’s find it! Thermal imaging helps precisely locate where an issue lies and helps establish a clear, targeted diagnostic plan.

3. Monitor for Response to Treatment

The use of thermography does not stop after examination and diagnosis. Every problem requires a plan; thermography is an excellent visual tool that shows us if the plan is working.

Urine Screening

Urine testing is an important tool that can be readily performed to screen for various types of urinary tract diseases and can provide critical information about the kidneys, liver, and even red blood cells. The results (below) can help us find disease earlier and keep your pet feeling happy and healthy before illness develops.

Conditions we may find with urinary screening include:

1. Urinary Tract Infections

2. Diabetes

3. Bladder Stones

4. Proteinuria

5. Decreased Kidney Function

6. Liver disease

7. Hemolysis (RBC destruction)

Symptoms of these, if left untreated, can include painful urination, bleeding in the urinary tract, itching/burning of the urinary mucosal tissues, abdominal pain, and even GI upset.

Ultrasound Imaging

Our veterinary technicians have been trained to obtain basic screening images of our patients. These screening images may detect abnormalities in your pet that we would otherwise have no way to know about.

Things we may find on an ultrasound include:

1. Gallbladder Sludge

2. Mucoceles

3. Dilation of the Gall Bladder

4. Nodules in the Liver, Spleen, or Kidneys

5. Free Fluid in the Abdominal Cavity

Ultrasound screening can precisely identify the exact location of any swelling, pain, or masses. This will give your veterinarian the information they need to determine if a biopsy, treatment, surgery, or continued monitoring is required. 

**This is not a comprehensive ultrasound, and we may not find everything present in your pet’s abdomen. If we have any concerns based on our screening, we will recommend a comprehensive ultrasound with one of our doctors OR a board-certified specialist.**

Blood Pressure Screening

Many of our senior patients have systemic hypertension (blood pressure) and we don’t realize it. As in people, blood pressure increases with age. Our pets may have no symptoms at all yet have hypertension on a routine blood pressure evaluation. The most common cause for hypertension in dogs and cats is kidney disease, not plaque in the arteries as occurs in humans.

High blood pressure is typically caused by another disease or condition, such as:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cushing’s Disease or Hyperadrenocorticism
  • Kidney Disease
  • Anemia
  • Diabetes Mellitus

Did You Know?

High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer.” Suddenly with no warning, a clot or ruptured blood vessel from hypertension can reduce oxygen to the brain, eyes, and kidneys. This can result in brain damage (stroke), blindness, and kidney damage.

RapidBacTM: Urine Bacterial Screening Test

No one likes waiting 24 hours or more for a result. Not only will this test provide us with a fast and convenient answer, but RapidBac™Vet produces a result in less than twenty minutes and has high accuracy to determine if bacteria is present in your pet’s urine.

Instead of waiting until symptoms develop, this test will allow us to screen for infections before your pet shows any signs of discomfort or illness. Especially in our diabetic, cushingoid, kidney disease, and senior patients, RapidBac™ screening can help us keep them healthier and happier!

Thyroid Hormone Testing

Hyperthyroidism, like many diseases of cats, can be somewhat unclear at onset. Clinical signs can sometimes be clear (excessive appetite with weight loss), and other times are very hard to evaluate. Thyroid hormones have widespread effects on the body and are involved in the metabolism of food as well as the daily metabolic functions of most of the body’s tissues and organs.

Since senior cats are significantly more at risk to develop hyperthyroidism, we will be screening all of our senior cats every year as part of their comprehensive health assessment.

Symptoms of untreated hyperthyroidism include:

  • Rapid Muscle and Weight Loss
  • Ravenous Appetite
  • Changes to the Heart Muscle
  • Arrhythmias
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Blindness (from high BP causing retinal detachment)
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