Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries that a physical exam cannot detect.
Common Lab Tests
Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases—Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function, and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your dog to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.
This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration, and early kidney disease.
Intestinal Parasite Check
Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your dog has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your dog has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
Routine testing can add years to your dog’s life. Your veterinarian will recommend the appropriate lab tests for your dog based on age and lifestyle.