Annual Wellness Exams and Blood Tests

As many of you know, the doctors and staff at Heritage Veterinary Hospital strive to offer the best preventative care for your four-legged family members. Along with yearly check-ups, vaccines, and heartworm screening, we offer junior and senior wellness packages for both dogs and cats. These packages are designed to screen for diseases that, if diagnosed early, can add years and quality to your pet’s life. All we need is a little blood and a urine sample….and for a limited time, you can save 10% on our Junior Wellness Package.


About the Blood Draw

Drawing blood from your dog or cat is usually done via the jugular vein in the neck or the cephalic vein in the leg. While the doctors and technicians at Heritage Veterinary Hospital are trained to get blood from either location, blood is usually drawn from the jugular vein in the neck. While this may seem scary to you, in most instances, it is easier on our patients. This is because the jugular vein is larger than the cephalic vein and easier to see (and therefore easier to hit). It also allows us to get a larger volume of blood in a shorter period of time so clotting, collapsed veins, and bruising are less of a problem.

For More Information

If you are interested in learning more about our wellness packages, please feel free to talk to any of our team members, and remember to ask about our 10% discount on our Junior Wellness Package. We’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Junior Wellness Awareness

Even pets tiStock_000018375792_Mediumhat appear completely healthy can have hidden health problems. Left undetected, these problems can develop into serious, even life-threatening, conditions. This is why it is important to discuss running a junior wellness package with your veterinarian. Junior wellness packages include the cost of your pet’s exam, fecal and urine analyses, heartworm test, and blood work.

Fecal analysis detects intestinal parasites, which can cause lethargy, inappetence, and/or GI upset. Urine analysis detects infections, kidney disease, and, in conjunction with blood work, helps indicate other potential ailments. And, blood work provides early detection of infections, anemia, clotting issues, and changes in organ function.  Performing a junior wellness package on your furry friend will give you the peace of mind that your pet is healthy and give us a baseline when future blood work is conducted, or will enable our staff to begin management treatments to eliminate, reverse, or slow the progression of our findings. Ultimately, performing early diagnostic testing will ensure that your pet is happy and healthy, whether naturally or with a little help from us here at Heritage.

To get you started, Heritage Veterinary Hospital will be offering 10% off junior wellness packages during the month of June. If you have any questions or are interested in setting up an appointment, please contact us at 314-878-8454.


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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s a great occasion to have your family join you in the kitchen for a fun day of food prep. When the enticing aromas of food start wafting through your house, it’s likely that your pets will want to get in on the action. However, the hectic environment in the kitchen on this food-filled holiday poses some potential health risks for your pets. Remember these pet safety tips as you whip up the perfect batch of mashed potatoes and gravy:

Let’s talk turkey: If you decide to give your pet a nibble of your Thanksgiving turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked—no raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. For more info on how to keep your pet healthy visit our Pet Nutritional Counseling section of our website.


Sage advice: While sage can be a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving stuffing, it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression in pets. Cats are especially sensitive.


Doughy dangers: When an animal ingests raw bread dough, his body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. Ouch! This may cause vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency. Cake batters made with raw eggs are also dangerous to pets.


Portion control, please: While it’s ok to share a bit of well-cooked turkey with your furry friend, it’s best to stick to your pet’s regular diet during the holidays. Allowing your pets to over indulge could cause stomach upset, diarrhea or pancreatitis.