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Pet Health Check Assessment for $210.00
All testing will require a full physical examination; Pet must not be aggressive and tolerant to handling; Pets may need to be dropped off until all specimens are acquired. For drop-offs, vaccines (Rabies, DA2PPV & Bordetella) will need to be current; If your pet is not up-to-date on vaccines, then the pet parent must be on the premises until all testing is completed. An additional $25.00 express service fee will be required. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome.
Below is an Article from Dr. Tessa King, a Seattle based veterinarian that was interviewed in 2011 to discuss why blood work needs to be performed:
Client Question: If my dog is healthy, why does he need expensive blood work?
Vet Answer: Blood and urine screenings are useful tools for looking at the overall health of your pet. From them, a veterinarian can learn if your pet has kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes or bladder infections (urine). Many of these problems may not be obvious on a simple physical exam, but if caught early can be successfully treated or controlled, giving your pet a longer and better quality of life.
It’s also important to have lab tests performed when a pet is healthy, so the veterinarian can have a baseline to compare results when/if your pet becomes ill. It’s important to note that lab tests must be coupled with a complete physical examination and patient history from the owner to be of the most use.
Sometimes we can come to a definitive diagnosis with routine blood work, but oftentimes we find changes in blood work that lead us to do more diagnostic testing to come to a definitive diagnosis. When we don’t get an absolute answer from blood work, it helps guide us as to what the next diagnostic steps should be (radiographs, ultrasound or more specific blood testing).
Client Question: What kinds of things can a complete blood count (CBC) tell a vet about the health of my dog? What should a vet be looking for?
Vet Answer: Usually a CBC and either a full or partial chemistry panel is done, sometimes with pancreatic enzymes and a T4 (thyroid level).
A CBC evaluates the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, along with the concentration of red blood cells (hematocrit or PCV) and hemoglobin levels.
Abnormal changes on a CBC could include anemia (low red blood-cell count), leukocytosis (high white blood-cell count) or thrombocytopenia (low platelets). Anemia has a wide range of causes, and finding a low red blood-cell count, depending on the severity, usually warrants searching for a cause.
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