The Optimum Plan for Dogs is designed for senior and geriatric dogs. It offers a more thorough evaluation of your senior dog’s overall health than our other plans. We’ll detect early stages of common diseases in senior dogs. Early detection allows for prompt treatment and better management of these conditions to keep your dog living a long, healthy life.
The Optimum Plan for Dogs covers your dog’s annual wellness needs with some amazing membership perks. Pets on a Plan receive medical exams at no cost and a 10% discount on most products and services outside of the Plan. Plans last a full year!
It includes two semi-annual wellness exams, core vaccinations, two blood pressure evaluations, eye pressure evaluation, and an Optimum Profile.
The Optimum Profile includes a heartworm screen, tick-disease screen, intestinal parasite screen, complete blood count, optimum blood chemistry panel, complete urinalysis with urine protein testing (if indicated), total T4 thyroid screen, Cardiopet proBNP, and spec cPL.
Pets on a Plan receive $0 medical exams and a 10% discount on most products and services outside of the Plan. Check out the FAQ to learn how Plans can save you money!
Our veterinarian will examine your dog from nose to tail for tumors and signs of pain or arthritis. We will assess her overall appearance. Your dog’s heart and lungs will be listened to for abnormalities. Her eyes, ears, nose, and mouth will be evaluated as well.
You will discuss medical history, behavior changes, lifestyle, and nutrition with our veterinarian. You also have a chance to ask questions and address any other concerns you may have.
Vaccinations prevent several common bacterial and viral infections. For dogs, we vaccinate to prevent distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies. Depending on your dog’s lifestyle, vaccines protecting against leptospirosis and bordetella may be indicated and are included in our Plans.
Blood Pressure Evaluations
The Optimum Plan for Dogs includes two blood pressure evaluations. Blood pressure evaluations can help identify the early signs of various health issues, including hypertension (high blood pressure), which can be an indicator of serious conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease, or diabetes. Early detection of such conditions can lead to early treatment and better outcomes.
Eye Pressure Evaluation
Eye pressure evaluation, also known as intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement, is an important diagnostic tool in dogs that can help identify and manage various eye conditions.
Elevated IOP is a key indicator of glaucoma, a serious and often painful eye condition that can lead to blindness if left untreated. Regular eye pressure evaluations can help detect glaucoma in its early stages, allowing for prompt treatment and improved outcomes.
The Optimum Plan for Dogs includes an Optimum Profile that includes a heartworm screen, tick disease screen, intestinal parasite screen, and optimum blood and urine screen.
A heartworm screen is included in our Plans. Heartworm disease is a serious disease in dogs. Heartworms can cause severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs in the body. They are spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. It’s important to screen for heartworm disease and eliminate heartworm larvae with a monthly preventative. Learn more about heartworm disease from the American Heartworm Society.
Tick Disease Screen
A tick disease screen is included in our Plans. This test screens for Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma. These diseases are transmitted from the bite of an infected tick. Lyme Disease and Anaplasma do not have high prevalence in our area.
However, in Taney County, nearly 25% of dogs screened for Ehrlichia have a positive result. Dogs can become infected within hours of a tick’s initial attachment. Symptoms of Ehrlichiosis include anemia, bleeding episodes, lameness, neurological problems, and swollen limbs. Learn more about ehrlichia.
Intestinal Parasite Screen
An intestinal parasite screen is included in our Plans. Intestinal parasites are common in dogs. They can cause a wide range of symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and anemia. Some types of parasites, including roundworms and hookworms, can be transmitted from dogs to humans. Routine testing and monthly treatment protects your dog, as well as you and your family!
Optimum Blood & Urine Screen
The optimum blood and urine screen is preventive testing that provides valuable information about your dog’s overall health and helps identify any underlying medical conditions. If the results are normal, the testing establishes a baseline of blood values while your dog is healthy. If completed on an annual basis, we can track results as your dog ages and spot potential health issues before they cause problems.
A complete urinalysis is an important diagnostic test that evaluates the physical and chemical properties of a dog’s urine. A urinalysis in dogs typically includes three main parts:
- A physical examination involves assessing the color, clarity, and specific gravity of the urine, as well as the presence of blood, protein, glucose, or other substances that should not be present in normal urine.
- A chemical examination involves the use of reagent strips that can detect the presence of substances such as blood, protein, glucose, ketones, and bilirubin. The presence of these substances can indicate various conditions such as infections, kidney disease, liver disease, or diabetes.
- A microscopic examination involves examining the urine sediment under a microscope to identify the presence of red and white blood cells, bacteria, crystals, and other abnormal structures. This can provide valuable information about the urinary tract and help diagnose conditions such as urinary tract infections or bladder stones.
A urinalysis can help detect early signs of kidney disease, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or other conditions that can affect the health and well-being of the dog.
Urine Protein Testing (if indicated)
If protein is detected in the urine, a Urine Protein/Creatinine (UPC) test will be performed. This test measures the amount of protein in urine and then compares it to the amount of creatinine, which is a waste product that is also present in urine.
A high UPC value is an indicator that there is proteinuria, which means an abnormal amount of protein in the urine. Proteinuria can be a sign of kidney disease, urinary tract infections, and other conditions that affect the kidneys.
Total T4 Thyroid Screen
Screening a total T4 (thyroxine) in dogs is important because it can help diagnose hypothyroidism, which is a common endocrine disorder in dogs. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone, which is important for regulating metabolism and other bodily functions.
Complete Blood Count
A Complete Blood Count (CBC) screens for anemia, inflammation, infection, stress, Leukemia, bleeding problems, inability to fight infection, and hydration status.
- Red blood cells (RBCs) are the most numerous and longest-living of the different types of blood cells. They typically make up almost half of the blood’s volume.
- RBCs contain a special protein called hemoglobin (HGB) that binds to the oxygen in the lungs and enables the RBCs to transport oxygen as it travels through the rest of the body.
- Reticulocytes are immature red blood cells that increase during times of increased red cell production, such as blood loss or immunemediated anemia.
- White blood cells are primarily responsible for fighting infections. There are five different types of white blood cells and each one performs specific functions to keep the body healthy. Platelets play a critical role in preventing bleeding.
Optimum Blood Chemistry Panel
The following is a summary of the blood chemistry markers included in the screen:
- Total Protein is a measurement of all the proteins in the blood, including albumin and globulin. Abnormal total protein levels can be an indication of liver or kidney disease, malnutrition, or other health issues.
- Albumin is a type of protein that helps maintain fluid balance in the body. Low albumin levels may indicate liver or kidney disease, malnutrition, or other health issues.
- Globulin is a type of protein that helps fight infection and disease. Abnormal globulin levels can be an indication of inflammation, infection, or other health issues.
- An abnormal albumin/globulin ratio can be an indication of liver or kidney disease, infection, inflammation, or malnutrition.
- Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme produced in the liver, bones, and other tissues. Elevated ALP levels can be a sign of liver disease, bone disease, or other health problems.
- Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is an enzyme produced primarily in the liver. High ALT levels can indicate liver disease or damage.
- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) is an enzyme that is produced in the liver, as well as in other organs such as the heart and skeletal muscle. Elevated AST levels can be an indication of liver damage or disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver cancer.
- Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) is an enzyme produced in the liver. Elevated GGT levels can indicate liver disease or damage.
- Bilirubin is a waste product that is eliminated by the liver. Abnormal bilirubin levels can be a sign of liver disease, anemia, or other health issues.
- Glucose is a type of sugar that provides energy to the body’s cells. Elevated glucose levels can be a sign of diabetes or other health issues.
- Symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) is a waste product that is eliminated by the kidneys. Elevated SDMA levels can be an early indication of kidney disease.
- Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) is a waste product of protein metabolism that is eliminated by the kidneys. Elevated BUN levels can be an indication of kidney disease or other health issues.
- Creatinine is a waste product of muscle metabolism that is eliminated by the kidneys. Elevated creatinine levels can be an indication of kidney disease or other health problems.
- An abnormal BUN/creatinine ratio may indicate kidney disease or other health issues.
- Cholesterol is a type of fat that is essential for many bodily functions. Elevated cholesterol levels can be a sign of underlying health issues, such as thyroid disease or diabetes.
- Triglycerides are a type of fat that is essential for many bodily functions. Elevated triglyceride levels can be a sign of underlying health issues, such as thyroid disease or diabetes.
- Phosphorus is an important mineral that plays a role in many bodily processes. Elevated phosphorus levels can be a sign of kidney disease or other health issues.
- Calcium is another important mineral that is essential for many bodily functions, including bone health. Abnormal calcium levels can be an indication of a wide range of health issues, including kidney disease, cancer, and thyroid disease.
- Sodium is an electrolyte that is essential for proper body function. Abnormal sodium levels can indicate dehydration, kidney disease, or other health issues.
- Potassium is another electrolyte that is important for proper body function. Low potassium levels can be an indication of kidney disease, Addison’s disease, or other health issues.
- An abnormal sodium/potassium ratio can be an indication of dehydration, kidney disease, or other health issues.
- Chloride is an electrolyte that is important for maintaining proper fluid balance in the body. Abnormal chloride levels can be a sign of kidney disease, dehydration, or other health issues.
- The anion gap is a measurement of the balance of electrolytes in the blood. An abnormal anion gap can be an indication of kidney disease, diabetes, or other health issues.
- Bicarbonate is a chemical that helps maintain the body’s pH balance. Abnormal bicarbonate levels can indicate kidney disease, metabolic acidosis, or other health issues.
CardioPet proBNP is a blood test that measures the level of a hormone called NT-proBNP (N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide) in dogs. This hormone is produced by the heart in response to changes in pressure and volume, and its measurement can provide important information about the heart’s function.
CardioPet proBNP can help detect heart disease in dogs before the development of clinical signs. This is because the hormone NT-proBNP is released by the heart in response to stress, and increased levels of this hormone in the blood can indicate underlying heart disease.
Spec cPL is a blood test that measures the level of pancreatic lipase, an enzyme produced by the pancreas, in dogs. It can help detect pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, in dogs before the development of clinical signs. This is because pancreatic lipase is released by the pancreas during an episode of pancreatitis, and increased levels of this enzyme in the blood can indicate early stages of pancreatitis.
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