Main Street Vet

536 1st Avenue E.
Shakopee, MN 55379




Why do our pets need surveillance screening?

Firstly, our pets can't speak, they cannot tell us if they feel off color or unwell or have any other indicators of internal illness. We recommend pets be examined every 6 months, since they age faster than we do.  We also recommend 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.

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 pet's live longer, healthier lives.

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


Every 12 months - Baseline Blood Profile (a small blood test checking internal organ health)


Every 12 months - Annual Health Profile (a blood test checking red and white blood cell counts and a more comprehensive internal organ screen)


Every 6 months - Senior Health Profile (comprehensive internal organ screen including thyroid testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts and a urinalysis which test for the presence of certain compounds in the urine, as well as testing of pH and specific gravity and for signs of infection.


Every 6 months - Golden Years Health Profile (same as yellow, but much more important in our efforts to intervene as early as possible with certain diseases.) 


Age Chart