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Compare/Contrast: The Benefits of Veterinary Bloodwork
If your pet appears to be the absolute picture of health, drawing and testing their blood may seem unnecessary. However, information that is gained at peak health (known as baseline values) can help prevent future health problems. Comparing and contrasting veterinary bloodwork with earlier baseline values can go a long way to protect your pet’s long-term health and vitality.
A Valuable Tool
Veterinary bloodwork is essential for lots of different reasons, such as ascertaining organ health prior to anesthetized medical procedures. Lab results are also a big part of diagnosing various illnesses. Veterinarians also rely on baseline (or normal) values to aid in the general maintenance of healthy pets.
Baseline blood values are instrumental toward the prevention of developing illness. It is a simple and effective tool designed to help pet owners deliver the highest quality of life to their pets. When previous veterinary bloodwork is compared with present values, early diagnosis and treatment can stop problems from gaining a foothold.
Depending on your pet’s health, age, genetics, and lifestyle, veterinary bloodwork might be recommended at least once a year (most likely during their annual wellness exam). Senior pets benefit from two exams a year with coinciding blood draws at each visit.
A complete blood count (CBC) test can determine hydration levels, infection, clotting ability, and immune system response. Metabolic disease, liver and kidney function, thyroid hormone function, and levels of protein and glucose can be revealed through a chemistry panel. Other diagnostics, such as urinalysis, can help veterinarians understand more about a pet’s health.
It makes sense to run tests on a pet that is clearly unwell or struggling with an unknown ailment. However, veterinary bloodwork should continue to be a part of a healthy pet’s routine visit. Because some pets are genetically susceptible to certain diseases, it is critical to stay in front of any developments. Also, as pets age they are prone to developing various health problems, like diabetes or kidney disease.
It might seem like an unnecessary expense, but by adhering to routine veterinary bloodwork you could be saving money in the long run.
Comparing baseline values to current results can help prevent the development of illness, increase the effectiveness of treatment, reduce the cost of veterinary intervention, and reinforce your pet’s overall health and longevity. Who could ask for more?
Changes in Behavior
If you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior, such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, lack of appetite, or sluggishness, they may need to be examined and tested for certain health problems.