Blood work at least once per year is critical.
Full blood work should check the thyroid and urine, along with the liver and kidney function and a complete blood count looking for anemia or infection. We can run these tests in-house for same day results, or we can send results to an outside lab. When working with an outside lab, results are back the following day in most cases. At Cherokee Animal Hospital, you ALWAYS get a call back from our doctors to go over the results with you.
Blood pressure and eye pressure checks are also needed once a year. These tests are the only way to diagnose these problems. We now know that our pets experience vascular disease much more commonly than previously thought, especially in conjunction with other diseases such as kidney disease and diabetes. Testing blood pressure and eye pressures help us catch hypertension and glaucoma. Both of these diseases cause significant headaches that animals are unable to tell us about
With blood tests, urinalysis, blood pressures, eye pressures, and physical exams, we are now equipped to begin managing any problems we find. We can help not only through proper diet, supplements, and medications but also with laser therapy and acupuncture as additional therapeutic options.