The Rapids Veterinary Hospital

1403 Michigan Ave
Sarnia, ON N7S OB1


Why do our pets need early disease detection screening?

Firstly, our pets can't speak, they cannot tell us if they feel off  or unwell or have any other indicators of internal illness. We need to examine them at least every 12 months as well as run some routine screening tests to detect underlying disease BEFORE it is clinically apparent.

Secondly, pets will actively mask signs of illness until late in the course of disease. This stems from survival instincts in a pack or colony situation.  This is especially true for our feline friends.

Use the age chart below to find your pets age in "people" years and the screening testing recommended for each stage of his or her life.

We believe the following tests give us the best chance of helping your pets live longer, healthier lives.

These are approximations and may vary by gender, species and breed.



Every 12 months - Comprehensive Physical Examination, Baseline Blood Profile (a small blood test checking internal organ health), Intestinal Parasite Examination




Every 12 months - Comprehensive Physical Examination, Annual Health Profile (a blood test checking red and white blood cell counts and a more comprehensive internal organ screen), Intestinal Parasite Examination




Every 12 months -Comprehensive Physical Examination , Senior Health Profile (comprehensive internal organ screen including Thyroid testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts and urine specific gravity), Intestinal Parasite Examination.




Every 6 months - Comprehensive Physical Examination

Every 12 months -  Golden Years Health Profile (comprehensive interal organ screen including Thyriod testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts), Intestinal Parasite Examination