Yearly Lab work: An important part of a yearly examination is a thorough examination of your pet’s organ function. Since animals age 7 times faster than we do a lot can change in 6 months, therefore yearly fecal in pets under 5 and comprehensive blood work, urine and fecal thereafter is important. If you have a geriatric pet biannual bloodwork will help in discovering diseases in early when we can help slow the processes and extend your pet’s life. “Age is not a disease, but it does predispose us to disease”. Some common diseases found with each test are as follows:
Blood: Infection, Diabetes, Kidney disease, Liver disease, Anemia, Hypo or Hyper Thyroid. Feline AIDs and Feline Leukemia.
Urine: Infection, Crystals, Kidney disease, Diabetes, Cancer
Fecal: Hookworms, Tapeworms, Whipworms, Roundworms, Giardia, Coccidia