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Preventative Care               Which Tests               Waiting For Results


Preventative Care - What It Means For Your Pet

Your pet's health changes with age, just as yours does.   But our pets actually age much faster than we do.   Do you know how old your pet is relative to you?   It is NOT x7 for each year.

    Click on this chart based on age and weight to find out   (opens in a new window).

Based on the "people age" of your pet, their health and dietary needs will be different.
We will be adding more about this soon.


Common Tests veterinarians recommend:



What Tests Are For - Here are tests for various organs and other bodily systems

Chemistry

Kidneys: The kidneys are responsible for filtering metabolic waste products, excess sodium, and water from the bloodstream, which are then transferred to the bladder for excretion.
Blood and urine tests can indicate:
  •           Abnormalities resulting from long-tem medications
  •           Infection (including urinary track infection)
  •           Early kidney disease
  •           Kidney failure
  •           Kidney stones
  •           Cancer
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Liver: The liver is a large organ with many different functions. It processes the blood by removing bacteria and toxins as well as further breaking down many of the complex nutrient absorbed during the digestion of food into much smaller components for use by the rest of the body.
Tests can be used indicate:
  •           Infections
  •           Liver disease
  •           Stress levels
  •           Hydration levels
  •           Bleeding problems
  •           Cushings syndrome
  •           Leukemia (a type of blood cancer)
  •           Immuno-system (inability to fight infection)
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Pancreas: The pancreas is a small organ located near the small intestine and is responsible for producing several digestive enzymes and hormones that help regulate metabolism (including blood sugar levels).
Tests can be used indicate:
  •           Abnormalities resulting from long-tem medications
  •           Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  •           Diabetes mellitus
  •           Cancer
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Glucose: Glucose is a basic nutrient for the body. It is highly regulated in the bloodstream, but levels do fluctuate for a few hours after eating. Glucose changes may be seen with a variety of metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, and various organ system abnormalties.

Electrolytes: Electrolytes are critical to bodily functions and must be maintained in very narrow limits. Dehydration is a common cause of electrolyte imbalance dispite how effectively the body is able to regulate the correct concentration levels. Without adequate water to disperse the electrolytes, the body is fighting a losing battle.

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Complete Blood Count (CBC)

Red blood cells: Red blood cells (RBCs) are the most numerous and longest-living out of the different types of blood cells; They typically make up almost half of the blood's volume. RBCs contain a special protein called hemoglobin (HGB) that binds to the oxygen in the lungs and enables the RBCs to transport oxygen as it travels through the rest of the body.
CBC test is used indicate:
  •           Immuno-system (inability to fight infection)
  •           Leukemia (a type of blood cancer)
  •           Anemia (low RBC count)
  •           Bleeding problems
  •           Hydration levels
  •           Stress level
  •           Inflammation
  •           Infection
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Reticulocytes: These are immature RBCs that are increased during times of incresed RBC production, such as blood loss or immune-medicated anemia.
White blood cells: White blood cells are primarily responsible for fighting ingections. There are five different types of white blood cells and each type performs specific functions to keep the body healthy.
Platelets: Platelets play a critical role in clotting (stopping bleeding).


Urine

Complete urinalysis: Although not a blood test, a urinalysis is essential for a comprehensive evaluation of kidney function. A urinalysis includes a physical, chemical, and microscopic evaluation of urine. This evaluation provides additional information about the kidneys and liver, as well as the general well-being of your pet.
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Thyroid

Thyroid: Thyroxine, a hormone produced by the thyroid gland is essential for growth and metabolism. As your pet ages, thyroid function can become abnormal and cause signs of illness.
Test can be used to indicate:
  •           Hypo thyroidism (not enough thyroxine produced)
  •           Hyper thyroidism (too much thyroxine produced)
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Fecal

Fecal: Fecal tests are extremely useful for the discovery and identification of a various parasites within the small and large intestines.
Samples can be used to indicate:
  • Worms
    •           hookworms
    •           roundworms
    •           tapeworms   (which can infect humans, typically from other sources)
    •           whipworms
    •           hookworms
    •           roundworms
    • Protozoa
      •           coccidia
      •           giardia   (which can infect humans, typically from other sources)
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Test Results

When Will Test Results Be Known:
Many of the tests routinely recommended can be performed in-clinic, providing results quickly and allowing for immediate treatment.

Normal results can rule our certain diseases immediately so you worry less.

But some tests will need to be sent out to a laboratory that houses extremely expensive testing equipment and provides testing services to veterinarians across the country.

These laboratories can which often provide results by the next day.
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