Why Do Dogs and Cats Need Yearly Testing?
Early intervention in many diseases can extend the life of your pet, sometimes by years. This is the primary reason we recommend annual laboratory testing for pets. Since our pets age much faster than a person and can’t “speak” their problems to us, diagnostic testing plays a critical role in optimizing their health.
To keep an eye on your pet’s well-being and catch any problems that might be lurking, we typically recommend annual bloodwork and urine testing, as well as routine parasite screening. If a condition develops and begins to progress, our team can inform you of the problem and offer ways to treat it. Waiting too long could lead to unnecessary suffering for your pet, and higher veterinary costs for you, so be sure to call us when you first notice changes in your pet’s daily routine or have any concerns.
Types of Testing We Recommend
Here at Long Lake Animal Hospital, we can perform testing in-house or send samples to an external laboratory as needed. Some of the tests we recommend on a routine basis include:
- Fecal testing, to check for intestinal parasites and other issues
- Heartworm disease testing for dogs
- Tick-borne disease testing for dogs to check for Lyme and other diseases
- Complete blood cell count (CBC)
- Comprehensive blood panels to evaluate organ function and overall health
- Urinalysis (with our new, in-house SediVue)