Why We Recommend Blood Tests for Pets and Equine Athletes

At Vets On Wheels, we prioritize the health and well-being of your furry companions. One of the essential services we offer is blood testing for pets. You might wonder, why are blood tests necessary for pets, and when should they be done? Let’s explore the importance of these tests and when they should be scheduled for your beloved pets.

Why Are Blood Tests Beneficial for Pets?

Early Detection of Health Issues: Blood tests allow us to detect underlying health problems early, even before symptoms appear. This early detection can lead to timely intervention and better treatment outcomes.

Assessment of Organ Function: Blood tests provide valuable insights into the functioning of vital organs such as the kidneys, liver, and thyroid gland. Abnormalities in organ function can indicate various health conditions that may require medical attention.

Monitoring Chronic Conditions: For pets with chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, or hyperthyroidism, regular blood tests are crucial for monitoring their condition and adjusting treatment plans as needed.

Evaluation of Blood Cell Counts: Blood tests help assess the red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet counts, providing information about your pet’s immune system and overall health status.

Pre-Anesthetic Screening: Before undergoing anesthesia for surgeries or dental procedures, blood tests are often performed to ensure that your pet is healthy enough to undergo the procedure safely.

Assessment of Medication Safety: Blood tests can help monitor the effects of certain medications on your pet’s body and ensure that they are not experiencing any adverse reactions.

When Should Blood Tests Be Done for Pets?

Routine Wellness Exams: We recommend including blood tests as part of your pet’s routine wellness exams, typically once a year for adult pets and more frequently for senior pets.

Preventive Care: Blood tests are beneficial for preventive care, especially in older pets or those with underlying health conditions, to detect any potential issues early.

Before Surgery: Prior to undergoing surgery or dental procedures, your pet will likely undergo pre-anesthetic blood testing to ensure that they are healthy enough for anesthesia.

Monitoring Chronic Conditions: Pets with chronic diseases may require regular blood tests to monitor their condition and response to treatment.

Changes in Health or Behavior: If you notice any changes in your pet’s health or behavior, such as decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting, or excessive thirst, it’s essential to consult with your veterinarian and consider blood testing to determine the underlying cause.

At Vets On Wheels, we believe that preventive care and early detection are key to ensuring a long and healthy life for your pets. Our comprehensive blood testing services are designed to provide valuable insights into your pet’s health and well-being. Schedule a wellness exam for your furry friend today and let us help you keep them happy and healthy for years to come.

For more information about our blood testing services or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at Vets On Wheels. Your pet’s health is our top priority, and we’re here to provide compassionate care every step of the way.

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