Regardless of your pet’s age, you play a key role in helping him combat illness and remain as healthy as possible. Our pets are not able to say how they are feeling – it is usually how they look or act that tells you something is wrong.
It is scary to consider that 10% of pets that appear healthy to their owners during their regular checkups have underlying disease. Testing can frequently detect illness in your pet before we see any outward signs of disease. Early treatment can lead to a better outcome and possible lower treatment costs. The pre-anesthetic blood work your veterinarian recommends for your pet before a routine spay or neuter is often the first opportunity to establish baseline laboratory values. It’s important to establish baseline laboratory values – in other words, to determine what’s normal for your pet – so that your veterinarian, in future visits, can detect subtle changes from these established baselines which may be the first indication of developing a disease.
Early disease detection and prevention is paramount to improve the quality and length of our pets lives. The same goes for older pets – yearly to twice yearly physical exams and blood tests will allow your veterinarian to look for any deviations in your pet’s baseline laboratory values that may detect early developing disease when it is most treatable. Our doctors can provide recommendations for the most appropriate blood work for your pet. Regular exams along with blood work are the best way to ensure that your pet lives a long, healthy and happy life!