ANIMAL HOSPITAL IN MCKINNEY, TEXAS:
THE BEST WAY TO CONTROL HEALTH COSTS
Veterinary medicine is very similar to pediatrics; the patients involved in both disciplines cannot tell us what is wrong or where it hurts. Our pets, by instinct, tend to camouflage sickness and pain, masking disorders until they become severe enough that symptoms finally begin to show. Quite often the illness has already progressed to advanced stages that are more difficult and much more expensive to treat.
Doctors in charge of these patients, human and animal, become very much like medical detectives; piecing together clues obtained from a variety of sources to arrive at a diagnosis. From there a treatment plan is derived based on the best information obtainable.
The key word in all of this is information. In this game of medicine, knowledge truly is power; it empowers us, leads us in the right direction for our patients’ well being. An important component of our information gathering consists of lab testing to screen for illness. Abnormalities detected from lab screening done in our McKinney animal clinic often provide the first clues that something is wrong – way before the animal was ready to divulge symptoms.
Early detection leads to more effective, more efficient, and more cost effective therapy with a far greater chance of a satisfactory outcome. Routine health maintenance screening is a cornerstone of medicine at McKinney’s Stonebridge Animal Hospital. We have programs designed specifically for differing species, age ranges, and overall health considerations that we recommend for all of our patients as the best means to control health costs:
Health Maintenance Panel
Health Maintenance Panel Adult (CBC/Chem17/Lytes/T4/UA)
Health Maintenance Panel >7 years (CBC/Chem17/Lyte/UA/T4/BP)
NOTE: Discounted Health Maintenance Panels only apply to patients not exhibiting signs of illness. Laboratory testing for sick patients is done at regular fees. These tests do not include yearly fecal examination or heartworm/tick-borne disease testing. These are screening tests; further tests may be indicated if abnormal results are found.