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There are many benefits to conducting laboratory tests when your pet is healthy. These results can be used to establish a baseline, improving our ability to monitor your pet throughout his or her life. Since animals are known to mask pain, even slight variations can indicate a change in health. Remember, the earlier we can diagnose problems, the better treatment options we can recommend.
If your pet is scheduled for a procedure that requires anesthesia, we will perform testing beforehand to ensure your pet will not experience any adverse reactions. We will order a complete blood count (CBC), chemistry and electrolyte profiles, urinalysis, and blood clotting tests.
In addition, your pet should be tested for internal parasites, heartworm, and tick-borne diseases every year. Depending on the age of your pet, we may also suggest a blood or urine test to evaluate the function of internal organs. This also helps our team assess your pet’s overall health.
Regardless of the situation, our team will thoroughly explain any procedure and walk you through each step, answering your questions along the way. We also provide you with materials to reference at home.