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Maintaining the health and safety of your pet is our most important goal. Your pet cannot describe the symptoms that they may be experiencing. For that reason, we must rely on blood tests to give us the answers we need, especially before surgery and with all geriatric pets.
The natural instinct of all animals is to protect themselves. Physical appearances can be misleading and it is not uncommon for sick animals to try to “hide” their illness. For example, a pet can lose 75% of kidney function prior to showing any signs of illness. Laboratory testing is an accurate way to diagnose most diseases.
Blood chemistry testing can provide an inside look at your pet’s vital organs, allowing us to evaluate the status of major internal organs. Kidney and liver function tests are especially important as these organs are responsible
for processing and eliminating many of the pharmaceuticals used in practice. Blood testing is also used to diagnose anemia, infection, and clotting disorders.
In addition to blood disorders, blood testing can also detect electrolyte abnormalities that might otherwise go undetected. Electrolyte balance is crucial to maintaining a healthy life.
Routine blood work may be necessary for your pet. We recommend general health profiles be performed every 6-12 months for pets on certain medications (Anti-inflammatory, thyroid, heartworm, anti-seizure, blood pressure, diuretic, and urinary incontinence meds). Pets that are on medications for diabetes especially need regular blood testing to ensure your pet is getting the correct dose of medication.
Smelly ears, itchy skin and scooting bottoms… Oh my! These are just a few of the symptoms in which veterinary medicine relies upon a microscope for a more accurate diagnosis. For example, ear scratching and head shaking can indicate a problem within the ears. By viewing a small sample from each ear under the microscope, we are able to determine if the discomfort is being caused by bacteria, yeast, ear mites, etc. Another example could be a rash, hair loss or itchy skin. By viewing collected skin cells under the microscope, we are able to determine if the pet has mange mites or other irritating skin condition. Since all of these examples are treated differently and with different medications, you can see how valuable a microscope diagnosis can be.