The Importance Of Routine Blood Testing and Urinalysis

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Did you know routine blood testing and urinalysis are essential for identifying diseases at the earliest most treatable stage possible?

Even pets that appear happy and healthy can have hidden medical problems that might grow serious, even life-threatening, if left undetected. Early detection will help to ensure that your pet will have a long, healthy and active life!  

Our Wellness Plan Now Includes Bloodwork and Urinalysis For Only $9.99/Mo!

New Advance Care Panel Add-On Includes:

  • Complete Blood Cell Count(CBC):
    The CBC provides information about the three types of cells found in blood. They are red blood cells (also called erythrocytes or red cells), white blood cells (also called leukocytes or white cells), and platelets (sometimes called thrombocytes).
  • Blood Chemistry Profile:
    is particularly important for evaluating organ function (e.g., liver, kidneys), electrolytes, blood sugar,screening for presence of an endocrine disorder, etc. Any abnormalities will help us decide on further diagnostic tests or treatments.
  • Thyroid Panel:
    The thyroid gland acts like a thermostat and ‘sets’ the metabolic rate of the whole body. The most common thyroid disease in the dog is hypothyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid gland fails to produce enough thyroid hormone. Hormone levels should be tested routinely in middle-aged to older dogs. Even young dogs should be tested if they show signs of hypothyroidism such as unexplained weight gain, lack of energy, recurring skin or ear infections, or hair loss on the body and tail.
  • Urinalysis:
    Urinalysis is a routine test that reports the physical and chemical properties of a pet’s urine. Urinalysis provides information about how well the kidneys are working, identifies inflammation and infection in the urinary system, and helps to detect diabetes. Urinalysis is part of a comprehensive assessment of the kidneys and urinary system and should be included in routine Wellness Testing.

Wellness testing should be done on a regular basis, and many pet owners combine wellness testing with their dog’s annual visit to the veterinarian for physical examination, vaccination and heartworm testing. Our veterinarians may recommend more frequent testing depending on your dog’s age or specific health concerns. Monitoring your pet’s health status on a regular basis makes it easier for our veterinarians to detect minor changes that signal the onset of disease.

Call 855-410-1800 to speak with one of our veterinary staff members today about scheduling your pet’s routine blood work and urinalysis!

 

2018-05-10T17:50:21+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Categories: Wellness Article|
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