Why the annual 4DX blood test is crucial for your dog’s health

Why the annual 4DX blood test is crucial for your dog’s health

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As responsible dog owners, we always strive to give our pets the best care possible. We take them to the vet regularly and make sure they have a happy home. In addition to annual wellness check ups and vaccines, we discuss with you the 4DX test as well as flea/tick and heartworm prevention. Why is this important and what do you need to know? 

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  • Quick and Easy Screening: The test is fast and simple, providing a YES or NO answer regarding your dog’s exposure to these diseases. This rapid assessment allows for immediate action if necessary.
  • Heartworm Concerns: Heartworm disease is a significant concern for dogs, prevalent in various regions including unexpected places, including Northern Ontario, the North West Territories, Yukon and the southern United States. Early detection through regular screening ensures that treatment can be initiated promptly, preventing the progression of the disease.
  • Early Identification of Lyme Disease: Lyme disease, transmitted by ticks, can cause serious health issues for dogs. The 4DX test employs specialized technology to identify Lyme disease antibodies, enabling early detection and subsequent investigation or treatment if needed.
  • Prevention of other Tick-Borne Infections: Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis are also infections transmitted by ticks. Identifying exposure to these pathogens early helps prevent the development of severe illness.
  • Concurrent Medication Consideration: Even if your dog is on preventive medications such as NexGard SPECTRA, the annual 4DX test remains essential. While preventive medications offer protection, they may not provide 100% immunity, making regular screening crucial for ensuring continued protection against these diseases.

Overall, the 4DX blood test plays a vital role in maintaining your dog’s health and well-being by enabling early detection and intervention for potentially serious diseases. At Westway Animal Clinic, we’re here to help keep your dog safe and healthy. Talk to us about the best ways to prevent heartworm and tick bites, and which preventative medications are best suited for your pet’s needs. 

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