As we age, we experience aches and pains we never imagined having when we were younger. Our bodies don’t function as effectively as they did in our twenties. Thus is life, and for pets the only difference is that these pains and problems can come much sooner.
While it sounds silly, one of the challenges faced in veterinary medicine is communicating with the patient. While symptoms may be noticed and communicated by the owner, we can’t ask dogs and cats how they are feeling. Well…we can and do but English isn’t the response language we get! This puts a huge importance on running diagnostics to do the talking for our patients. Blood work, radiographs, and urinalysis are a few that can give our furry friends a voice we can understand.
Scroll down to learn more about a few of the diagnostics we like to run especially for pets ages 7+.
Ever wonder why Fido isn’t eating? Why Snuggles has been so lethargic? It isn’t because their favorite sports team lost last week. Blood work can tell us the real reason behind Riley’s recent malady. The results of a full panel help us identify how to treat what’s ailing these pets. Even in healthy pets it is good to run this bloodwork to get base values or catch problems that may be in store for your beloved fur family.
Urine for a treat when you find out what a pet’s pee can provide us. (okay bad joke) In all seriousness however, the appearance, the concentration, and the ph of a pet’s urine can give us information to catch things like urinary tract infections, kidney disease, bladder stones, and more.