Wellness Testing: Why it’s important to do routine laboratory tests on your Pet

Your cat and dog can’t tell you how they are feeling. You play an important role in helping your Veterinary Team at Golf Glen Veterinary Clinic uncover disease early, to help your pet live a long and healthy life. In many cases (especially with cats), it can be difficult to recognize signs of illness at home. Annual checkups allow us to examine your pet and ask you questions that help us determine if your pet is healthy. Blood and other tests help us to detect disease before signs (symptoms) occur in your pet’s behaviour.

Wellness testing (preventive care screening) involves laboratory tests* (blood work, stool checks, urine testing) that helps us uncover disease in time to help your pet. In healthy patients, tests establish a baseline for an individual pet. Early disease detection and treatment not only helps your pet live a longer and healthier life, but can also help you avoid significant medical expenses and risks to your pet’s health.

Sick and emergency cases: Our veterinary team uses tests to make immediate decisions about medical care so we can quickly help your pet.

Pre-anesthetic tests: are performed prior to surgery, dentistry and some diagnostic procedures that require anesthesia. These tests allow our Veterinarians to determine if anesthesia is safe for your pet and allows us to make adjustments to anesthetic regimes and intravenous fluid therapy. Testing can often be performed at Golf Glen Veterinary Clinic before anesthesia and that convenience means your pet only has to be fasted once and reduces the number of trips you and your pet need to make to the clinic.

Medication monitoring: Many different diseases are controlled by medications that require periodic blood tests to make sure your pet is receiving an appropriate effective dose: diabetes, thyroid disease (hypothyroidism in dogs, hyperthyroidism in cats), epilepsy, immune disorders.

*The most common laboratory tests that can help your pet are outlined below. We may recommend additional tests to help with further diagnosis of diseases:
A Complete Blood Count (CBC): can detect infection, inflammation, anemia, dehydration, leukemia, immune disease.
Blood Chemistry Analysis: provides information about the liver, kidneys, pancreas, blood proteins, glucose (sugar), electrolytes (minerals), and dehydration.
Urine: Urinalysis can identify kidney problems, bladder infection, inflammation, crystal formation, diabetes, and tumor cells.
Stool checks: fecal analysis can detect many different parasites that can affect your pet, you and your family.

We invite you to call Golf Glen Veterinary Clinic and speak to our technicians or veterinarians for more information on wellness testing for your pet.

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