Time really does fly, doesn't it? One minute your puppy or kitten is getting into everything, and the next thing you know your vet is saying Fluffy or Milo is now "over the hill". Our older pets deserve some special care and consideration. Even though things might look good on the surface, it is possible that they are developing some early disease. If detected early enough, many issues can be treated or at least slowed down enough to give our pets a longer, better quality life.
We recommend yearly wellness bloodwork for all of our geriatric pets to help us screen for many different diseases. Have you ever wondering what all those "things" are that we are investigating we recommend bloodwork? Keep reading, and hopefully by the end you will have a better understanding of the bloodwork we are requesting for your geriatric pets.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)This is the most common blood test performed on pets and people. A CBC gives information on hydration status, anaemia, infection, the blood's clotting ability, and the ability of the immune system to respond.
Red Cell Count measures the total number of red blood cells per volume of blood. It is used in detecting anaemia and other disorders of red blood cells. MCV (Mean Cell Volume) measures the volume of the individual red blood cell.
Reticulocytes are immature red blood cells. High levels indicate rebuilding of red blood cell numbers.
Blood chemistriesThese common blood serum tests evaluate organ function, electrolyte status, hormone levels and more.
Weekends, Holidays and After-hours we are available 24 hours daily 365 days a year at our location for local service by your veterinary team. Please call our office in case of emergency.
Please note - Weekend, Holiday and After-hour service is offered only to current clientele who have not transferred their files to another facility and whose animals are a patient of our practice that has been examined by one of our doctors in the past 24 months.
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