At Sooner Veterinary Hospital, we feel that diagnostic testing is important in providing a high level of quality medicine for your pet. We routinely recommend blood work for many reasons. The following list includes some of the more common panels of blood work we regularly recommend.
Preanesthetic Bloodwork: Certain medical conditions can create complications for dogs and cats under anesthesia so we recommend some basic blood tests prior to anesthesia. These blood tests will help reveal potential conditions and determine if your dog or cat’s vital organs are functioning properly, helping us create an individualized anesthetic plan for your dog or cat. Even if preanesthetic testing doesn’t reveal any issues, it establishes baseline results for your dog or cat, which are helpful for future reference in your pet’s medical care.
Preventative Bloodwork: Because the signs that your pet is sick are not always obvious, preventative care testing is recommended as part of your dog or cats annual exam. Preventative care screening can uncover disease before it is too late. By testing before certain conditions occur, you have a baseline to go by for any issues that come up in the future.
Senior Wellness Bloodwork: Most dogs and cats are considered senior pets at age 7 years and above. We recommend annual senior wellness bloodwork. The profile is comprehensive and includes the following tests: complete blood count, serum biochemistry profile, urinalysis and thyroid hormone measurement diagnostic testing. The complete blood count measures red and white blood cells, hemoglobin, platelets, and other parameters. The biochemistry panel evaluates several measurements including functional tests of the liver, kidney, and pancreas, glucose, cholesterol, electrolytes, triglycerides, and calcium. Urine concentrating ability, blood, protein, and glucose are among the factors assessed in the urinalysis. The thyroid hormone level suggests the presence of an abnormally-functioning thyroid gland.
Heartworm Testing: Heartworm infection and disease is endemic in our location which can lead to life threatening heart failure. We recommend all dogs be on a heartworm preventative year-round. Dogs should be tested annually for heartworm infection. Annual testing is necessary even when dogs are on prevention year-round, to ensure that the prevention program is working. For more information about heartworms go to www.heartwormsociety.org.
Lyme’s Disease/Ehrlichiosis/Anaplasmosis: Your dog can be screened for these three tick borne diseases with a simple blood test in our hospital. Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world but only causes symptoms in 5%-10% of affected dogs. Ehrlichiosis in dogs is usually spread by the brown dog tick and lone star tick. This disease is seen throughout the year and throughout the United States. Anaplasmosis is a lesser- known but also significant tick-borne disease. It is transmitted by the deer tick and the western black-legged tick. We test for heartworms with the Snap 4DX Test which tests for Heartworms and screens for exposure to the three tick borne diseases, Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis.
Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus: We recommend testing kittens and adult cats that are new to your household for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus before introducing them to the existing cats in your household. This blood test can be done in our hospital and we have the results in 10 minutes. Unfortunately, there is no cure for either of these viruses, but if we know your cat has one of them, there are important considerations that can be taken in the care of your cat to assure he or she stays as healthy as possible.