Anyone who loves their pets would do just about anything to keep them happy and healthy forever. The question is, are they in perfect health or do they have any underlying health concerns that need veterinary attention?
Why Blood Testing Is Important
Our beloved pets cannot always tell us how they are feeling, nor do they always show signs of illness. In addition to a thorough physical exam, diagnostic testing is often necessary to evaluate your pet’s overall health. Blood testing provides valuable information that saves and extends pet lives.
Examples of Necessary Blood Work
Preventive Care Screening
This is one of the most important reasons to run blood work on your pet. Underlying illness does not always have visible signs and regular blood testing allows us to establish a baseline of health and identify irregularities before they become crises. Many diseases, if caught early by regular screening, can be managed long-term, prolonging your pet’s life. In fact, over 70% of common diseases in dogs and 60% of common diseases in cats can be minimized by dietary modification alone.
If your pets are undergoing any surgery, dentistry, or other procedure that requires anesthesia, we want to make sure the anesthesia is safe and determine if we need to make any adjustments to anesthetic protocols in the case of abnormalities. We usually run blood work the morning of a surgical procedure. Learn more...
Sick and Emergency Situations
Blood work is crucial in these instances so we can see the overall health of your pet and make any emergency decisions in regards to treatment as quickly as possible!
Monitoring Blood Work with Chronic Medication Use
Some pet medications are metabolized through certain organs and blood work helps us ensure the organs are not under excess strain due to the medication. For example, an older dog with signs of arthritis may be prescribed a Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) such as Rimadyl® to help with pain and inflammation. These drugs are metabolized through the liver and can also affect the kidneys, so we check the function of these organs regularly with our arthritic pets that are on NSAIDs. With some other medications, blood work helps us ensure that the correct dosage is prescribed, such as running a T4 test to make sure a methimazole dose for a hyperthyroid cat is correct.
If you have any questions or want us to conduct blood testing on your pet, please contact us at 785-841-3131.