Pets can’t tell you how they’re feeling and you can’t always tell when they’re sick. That’s why regular visits to your veterinarian are important.
In addition to a physical exam, your veterinarian may test your pet’s blood, urine, and feces.
Comparing results from year to year shows your veterinarian if there have been any changes.
- A complete blood count (CBC) shows if your pet has an infection, inflammation, or is anemic.
- A complete blood chemistry panel including electrolytes and SDMA provides information about your pet’s liver, kidneys, pancreas, blood sugar, and hydration.
- A urinalysis identifies infection or inflammation in your pet’s urinary tract.
- A fecal test identifies infections caused by worms in your pet’s intestines.
- A thyroid function test shows if your pet’s thyroid gland is functioning properly.
Even when pets seemed healthy, testing uncovered problems in:
Talk with your veterinarian about scheduling your pet’s next exam.