ROUTINE BLOODWORK IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL PETS
PSAH has new, advanced in-house lab equipment.
When it comes to our pets, we often think about any “testing” as being related to our pet being sick. Even for us humans, the thought of having our blood drawn can be a little bit frightening, and it is natural for us to feel the same for our pets. However, routine annual bloodwork is essential in helping our pets live long and healthy lives.
Poplar Springs Animal Hospital is pleased to announce we now have advanced, in-house lab equipment for extensive testing during yearly exams, senior pet wellness programs and the diagnosis of emergent sickness. Have you scheduled your pet’s yearly exam? Call us at 601.693.7333 to set one up today.
Annual blood work with our cutting-edge lab equipment — along with annual exams — are a significant part of preventative care. Preventative screening can help catch any changes or illness in our pets early, and in the end, can help avoid significant medical expenses.
The Complete Blood Count, or CBC, along with our blood chemistry analysis, shows your pet’s hydration status, anemia, infection, blood clotting ability and immune system response. A CBC is essential for a pet that has symptoms like fever, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, pale gums or loss of appetite. But it is also important that bloodwork is done on a regular basis.
· What: Blood testing for cats and dogs helps us diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions, including parasites, allergies, diabetes, liver disease, kidney failure, and pancreatic issues, to name a few.
· Why: Routine blood work, along with a thorough physical exam, give us the most information about your pet’s health so that the best treatment and prevention recommendations can be made.
· When: Routine blood work is recommended anytime we know it will give more information during the diagnosis of a medical issue. It should also be performed as part of your pet’s annual wellness exams, much like our doctors perform blood tests during our routine physicals. This can allow early detection of some common conditions. In addition, regular blood work is recommended every 12 months for senior pets, or sooner depending on certain health conditions or medications being taken.
· How: We usually need a combination of a complete blood count, also called CBC, and a blood chemical analysis to diagnose your pet and have a thorough understanding of your pet’s current health. A urine sample for a urinalysis may also be recommended to give more insight into your pet’s overall health.