Pet Blood Work and Why It’s Important
Dogs and cats can be prone to various internal health problems, just like humans, which is why we recommend annual pet blood work. Annual blood testing allows us to screen your pet for disease and make sure they have a clean bill of health. Due to a faster aging process, pets can seem perfectly healthy one day and very sick the next. Lab tests provide us with valuable answers about your pet’s condition and can help your veterinarian recommend timely treatment.
Lab Testing Gives Us a Baseline of Health
At your pet’s very first wellness visit, their blood test results give us a helpful baseline for monitoring their health. As your pet grows, we can use that baseline as a reference and offer advice (or treatment options) to restore them to their peak condition.
Sick Pets Can Get the Treatment They Need, When They Need It
- Chemistry panel: With the Chemistry panel, we can screen your pet’s liver, kidneys, and pancreas for signs of disease. It also counts proteins and blood electrolytes.
- CBC (Complete Blood Count): The CBC test counts your pet’s red and white blood cells, platelets, and hemoglobin. An abnormal blood count, such as a high white blood cell count, could indicate an infection or other, more serious, illness.
- Heartworm testing: Heartworm disease can be fatal in pets, which is why we recommend annual testing. While heartworm preventatives offer excellent protection against this disease, they are not 100% foolproof.
- SDMA (Symmetric Dimethylarginine): SDMA testing assesses kidney function and helps our veterinarians detect kidney disease at an earlier stage than other tests (25% kidney damage as opposed to 50-75% damage).