Prospect Veterinary Hospital offers screening for certain conditions and diseases, as well as for breeding purposes. Prospect Veterinary Hospital provides comprehensive screening services for specific medical conditions and diseases, as well as specialized screenings tailored for breeding purposes.
Pet Health Screening Tests
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
- Scottish/Manchester terriers
- Shetland sheepdogs
If you have one of these at-risk breeds, we highly recommend you have your dog tested.
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 Prospect Veterinary Hospital, 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
We X-ray a dog’s hips for hip dysplasia and then forward the results to the OFA, where board-certified radiologists evaluate and grade your dog’s hips for certification. Used by the majority or canine breeders to determines medical soundness for breeding, OFA certification requires specific positioning of your dog during the X-ray process, so general anesthesia is used for the process.
This method of evaluating hip dysplasia for breeding soundness can be done at 16 weeks of age—much earlier than the OFA certification. It also requires a general anesthetic as it involves obtaining X-rays of your dog’s hips in three different positions. This method of evaluating dogs is good if your pet competes athletically or to select breeding candidates at a younger age.
We can assist with PennHip certification as well assessing your dog’s risk of hip dysplasia and treatment options if necessary.
If You have questions about these screening tests or would like to schedule your pet for an appointment, call us at 203-758-6601.
Veterinary Services in Prospect, CT
PET WELLNESS EXAMS – PUPPY
PET WELLNESS EXAMS – FELINE
PET FLEA PREVENTION & CONTROL
PET IN-HOUSE LABORATORY
PET PARASITE PREVENTION
PET SPAY & NEUTER
PET WELLNESS EXAMS – KITTEN
PET DENTAL CARE
PET HEALTH SCREENING TESTS
PET IN-HOUSE PHARMACY
SENIOR PET CARE
PET X-RAYS & RADIOLOGY
PET WELLNESS EXAMS – CANINE
PET HEARTWORM PREVENTION
PET LASER THERAPY
PET PAIN MANAGEMENT
PET SICK VISITS / UNWELL PETS
PET CT SCAN