I am once again asking for you to pursue annual labwork for your 🐶🐕🦺🐱🐈..... along with a thorough annual exam and vaccines.
Labwork including heartworm, tickborne, and parasitic illness testing are recommended annually for your 🐕🦮🐶. Heartworm 🐛 and tickborne testing 🕷 helps screen for some common infectious doggo bugs in the region that can cause severe illness. Fecal 💩💩 testing is pursued to screen for intestinal parasites such as rounds, hooks, whipworms, Giardia, and coccidia just to name a few. These parasites can cause GI illness and also in rare cases spread to you (zoonosis). Cats will typically be tested for feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) when adopted or as a young adult. Fecal testing is also recommended in cats annually. This is considered the minimum database for young healthy pets.
Just like you! As pets get older or if they develop underlying chronic disease the requirements for minimum database changes. In addition to the above, for adult 🐩🐾 and 🐈😸, I will recommend annual complete blood count (CBC), Adult Chemistry panel🩸💉, and urinalysis to ensure that the kidneys, liver, endocrine, and other systems are screened for common illness and infection. Earlier detection of disease always gives more opportunity to intervene with treatment🩺💊. I try my best, personally, to go to the doctor👨⚕️👩⚕️ every year and my labwork gets screened for diseases that are common to myself just as veterinarians are trying to do for your fooffer!
As 🐈🐱🦮🐶 become seniors the minimum database again changes. For more experienced 🐶😸🐾, I broaden the lab screening by completing more indepth chemistry panels to ensure the body's organ systems are appropriately functioning as well as assessing further endocrine issues that are more common for seniors (including Thyroid and Diabetic assessment). There are usually lab packages available to group these labs together to help decrease total cost.
Talk to your veterinarian about your options for annual lab screening! It is a nice way to have peace of mind that your pet has been assessed thoroughly. 👍
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