Pet Annual Labwork in Cleveland, TN
Pet Annual Labwork
Routine bloodwork is a great way to keep tabs on your pet’s health. This diagnostic tool helps to identify underlying health problems before they become severe. Early detection for things like diabetes, thyroid disease, and kidney disease make all the difference for your pet.
Blood work is usually a combination of a complete blood count (CBC) and a blood chemical analysis. Blood work is a basic evaluation tool. Pets, particularly those above the age of 5, should have bloodwork done at every annual exam. This will allow the veterinarian to monitor the progression of a pet’s disease and intervene earlier in many cases, which can save lives.
Routine blood tests are run before anesthesia and surgery to ensure that your pet does not have a disease or illness that would make anesthesia or surgery a significant risk. This lab work is very similar to the “pre-op labs” that your doctor would recommend before you have any procedure performed on yourself.
Fecal tests provide insights regarding any intestinal parasites that may be inhabiting your pet’s body. Intestinal parasites are organisms that live, grow, and feed in the intestinal tract taking away nutrition and in severe cases causing illnesses such as anorexia, diarrhea, vomiting, anemia, or even death. The best way to detect parasites is by testing a fresh fecal sample for the parasite’s eggs. Treatment may vary depending on the type of parasite found, but it usually consists of oral medication.
Imaging & Diagnostics
X-ray goggles aren’t real yet, and your pet can’t say where it hurts. Sometimes imaging is needed. We have in-house, top-of-the-line digital radiology and in-house ultrasound capabilities. Full in-house lab capabilities let us appropriately care for your pet’s urgent and emergency needs, and we work with an outside lab for monitoring and early detection lab work.
We’re fortunate to have the ability to consult with a wide range of specialists at our fingertips! We can do so using telemedicine right from our hospital. We will openly let you know when a consult isn’t enough and if visiting a specialist in their office is the best thing for your pet.