One of the most important goals of every competent and caring animal parent is to keep their pet as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, our pets have evolved to disguise any indications of disease or discomfort they may be experiencing, making it difficult for us to determine whether our companions require medical treatment.
As a result, blood tests are essential for monitoring your pet's health and identifying any potential health problems that your pet may be facing, as well as providing preventative therapy to decrease the chance of disease. Blood testing for cats and dogs aids veterinarians in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of medical disorders, including allergies, diabetes, and pancreatic difficulties, parasites, liver disease, renal failure, to mention a few.
WHAT A BLOOD TEST CAN DO?
The function of the liver, kidneys, and pancreas are all examined in common tests. Enzymes can also be examined to detect possible muscle injury and inflammation. Red and white blood cells are also examined to determine hydration status, anemia, inflammation or infection, and immune system reactions in your pet. Also to look for evidence of heartworm, Lyme’s disease, canine distemper, or kennel cough.
A Complete Blood Count (CBC) is recommended when an animal is sick and/or prior to anesthesia. A CBC test can indicate the presence of more than a dozen conditions, including:
- Autoimmune diseases
WHEN TO DO A BLOOD TEST?
Early detection of diseases and infections is extremely beneficial in dealing with any type of illness. The earlier a condition is identified, the sooner treatment can begin. This can keep your pet from suffering unnecessarily from unpleasant and debilitating symptoms.
Any time your veterinarian believes it will provide more information during the diagnosis of a medical problem, routine blood testing is advised for your pet. It should also be included in your pet's annual wellness examinations, similar to how our doctors do blood testing during routine checkups. It is recommended that your pet's blood testing be done once a year to guarantee their health in the long run.
Changes in your pet's behavior, such as increased thirst or urination, lack of appetite, weight loss, or lethargy, may indicate that blood testing is required. These might be symptoms of a variety of problems, both mild and serious. So, if you detect any changes, make an appointment at Franklin Veterinary Hospital right once.
Although laboratory testing is frequently required when a pet is sick or wounded, it can also be beneficial to healthy dogs. Franklin Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to delivering the best diagnostic care for your beloved friend, and our laboratory is built to help us accomplish exactly that. If you'd like to schedule a blood test, please contact us (828) 369-8080 as soon as possible.