Life-saving Blood Tests
Unfortunately, pets age a lot quicker than we do therefore a visit to the vet annually would be like humans only going to the doctors once every 7 years or longer.
As pets get older we recommend them coming in for a health check every 6-12 months, there the vet may encourage you to get a blood test for your pet.
Blood tests enable us to detect common health issues at an early stage which we are then able to address quickly.
Some diseases can be near impossible to detect by just a physical examination and can be seen easily in a blood test. Examples include:
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease
For general Blood Tests we usually run a Complete Blood Count (CBC) this gives us information on hydration status, anaemia, infection, the blood's clotting ability, and the ability of the immune system to respond. Blood tests are not only important for older animals they are also essential for pets with fevers, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, pale gums, or loss of appetite. You can also opt for your pet to a have Pre-anaesthetic blood test before surgery, a CBC can detect some bleeding disorders or other unseen abnormalities that can be fatal if the animal is having surgery.
Taking blood is often quick & easy for our professional vet team to take. Samples may be run on our in-house pathology equipment for instant results or sent to an external laboratory where in most cases we will have results by the following day.
If the results come back normal then this is fantastic! This means we have a valuable reference point of how your pet is normally and in future we can see any changes that have occurred. If an abnormal result is detected then we can take action, you can be relieved in knowing we have hopefully caught it early and can either monitor the condition or begin a treatment plan to bring them back to health.
Many of our clients opt for frequent blood tests every year so we are able to track their animals health effectively over their life time. Remembering it would be like us only having a blood test every seven years or more.