Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Why does my pet need bloodwork?
Because our pets cannot tell us how they are feeling, it is important to perform periodic diagnostic tests at least yearly. Regardless of age, physical examination, and medical condition, diagnostic tests are needed to obtain a clear picture of your pet's overall health.
In addition to routine screening for the presence of heartworms, blood testing may help to diagnose common problems such as: diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, infection, inflammation, anemia, Leukemia, Addison's disease, intestinal disease, and malnutrition. Further, the use of certain prescriptions should be accompanied by periodic bloodwork to confirm the effectiveness of the medication and monitor to prevent damaging side effects.
If all tests are normal, you can enjoy peace of mind and your veterinarian gains a valuable reference point for future use (even small changes can be significant in indicating or preventing problems).
Why perform a urinalysis?
Testing your pet's urine sample in conjunction with a panel of bloodwork provides the most accurate and well-rounded picture of its internal health. Urinalysis can also show signs of urinary tract problems, bladder stones, infection, diabetes, and early renal disease.
If you are unable or uncomfortable obtaining a urine sample at home, we are pleased to obtain one while your pet is visiting the hospital.
Is a fecal test really worth the trouble?
YES, a simple microscopic examination of a stool sample can detect common internal parasites that can cause severe weight loss, diarrhea, anemia, and loss of appetite. However, most pets show no sign of infection.
Certain parasites, such as roundworms and hookworms, can infect people who come into contact with infected feces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pet owners take steps to prevent such zoonotic infections by deworming and using preventative treatments, as well as keeping lawns and play areas free of animal waste.