Mendon Animal Clinic
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Health Screening Tests

Health Screening Tests

Mendon Animal Clinic offers screening for certain conditions and diseases, as well as for breeding purposes.

Von Willebrand’s Disease

This is a canine version of hemophilia, and it’s important you know if your dog has this condition before an emergency arises. Since it is genetic, many owners aren’t aware their pet has the disease until a minor injury occurs or their pet has surgery and there’s significant blood loss. Certain breeds are more prone to this condition than others, including: 

  • German shepherds
  • German shorthair/wirehair pointers
  • Chesapeake Bay retrievers
  • Golden retrievers
  • Pembroke Welsh corgis
  • Poodles
  • Scottish/Manchester terriers
  • Shetland sheepdogs

 If you have one of these at-risk breeds, we highly recommend you have your dog tested.

Renal Dysplasia

This genetic disease prevents the kidneys from developing normally and dogs usually become ill before they’re a year old. Breeds most affected by this condition are Shih Tzus, Lhasa apsos, and soft-coated wheaten terriers. Sadly, this disease has no cure and some dogs who don’t develop the condition are still carriers and can pass it to their puppies. Before breeding, we highly recommend you test high-risk dogs for renal dysplasia.

Hip Dysplasia

This condition occurs when the hip joint of a young dog becomes loose or unstable in some way. If this health issue isn’t identified and treated, it causes a wearing down of the hip cartilage and progresses until the dog has significant arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Symptoms of hip dysplasia include: 

  • Reluctance to get up or exercise
  • Problems climbing stairs
  • Walking with a “hop”
  • Limping/lameness, especially after exercise 

At Mendon Animal Clinic, we can identify developing hip dysplasia and ensure your dog gets proper exercise as he or she ages. The earlier we diagnose the problem, the better it is for your dog’s future mobility and quality of life.

OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Certification

OFA certification is used by the majority of canine breeders to determine medical soundness for breeding.  Our trained technicians will X-ray your dog’s hips and forward the results to the OFA where board-certified radiologists evaluate and grade your dog’s hips for certification. OFA certification requires specific positioning of your dog during the X-ray process, therefore general anesthesia is used.

Heartworm Prevention

According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, the incidence of heartworm across the country is up.  As you may already know, potentially deadly heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, and it only takes one bite to infect a pet. Once infected, a heartworm can do severe damage to a pet’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels.

Sadly, many animals don’t show symptoms until the disease is advanced. At that time, symptoms may include coughing, fatigue, weight loss, and a swollen abdomen. While cats are much less likely to be susceptible to full-on heartworm infection, they can suffer from a heartworm-related respiratory condition that is very difficult to diagnose. 

While there is heartworm treatment available for canines, it is expensive and can be very hard on your pet. There is currently no treatment for cats.

As always, the best treatment is prevention! Our veterinarians advise keeping your pet on heartworm preventive year-round. Be advised if your pet has not previously been on heartworm preventive, he or she will need a heartworm test before starting on one. Schedule an appointment online or call us at 508-478-7387.