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Blood Tests for Dogs

In early stages of diseases, pets may not exhibit and show signs of disease. Blood testing allows us to detect illness as early as possible, so we can address problems sooner, implement treatments to slow disease progression and treat effectively for a better prognosis.

Why are blood tests for dogs important?


In critical situations, our in-house laboratory equipment ensures your pet gets fast accurate results when time is essential to the treatment plan.

Rapid accurate results equal speedy diagnosis for your beloved animal. The sooner we have a diagnosis the sooner the treatment plan can be implemented meaning two important things; a shorter stay in the hospital saving you time, making it more economical for you, but more importantly, your pet will feel better sooner.

Tests may also be sent to an outside laboratory for more extensive or specialized testing as required.

PRE-ANESTHETIC BLOOD TESTING

Pre-anesthetic blood testing provides insight as to what is occurring internally. We are especially concerned with the health of the liver and kidneys as these organs help the body clear medications used during anesthesia. This testing could uncover health concerns which cannot be detected from the physical exam alone. Our in-clinic lab allows us to run the blood work the morning of surgery.

SENIOR WELLNESS TESTING

As your pet reaches those golden years, routine check-ups combined with annual blood work can be vital to early detection of abnormalities when no symptoms are present. We offer age-specific wellness panels for your canine and feline companions. The wellness panel includes complete blood count (CBC), full chemistry panel, electrolytes & urinalysis. For cats, we add on a thyroid test (T4).

HEARTWORM/LYMES TESTING

We recommend heartworm testing every 2 years for all our patients. Even if your pet has been on a heartworm preventive all its life there is always the chance of a breach in protection. Late or missed doses, weight gain that can result in underdosing, unknown vomiting of oral medication, changes in weather that extends the mosquito season or travel to endemic areas during our off-season, and medication-resistant heartworm (identified in some regions of the USA) could leave pets susceptible. Our heartworm test also tests for tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito or () tick for your pet to become infected.

How do I understand the blood test results?


Your veterinarian will interpret laboratory tests in light of the entire assessment of your pet. Sometimes laboratory tests need to be repeated to evaluate trends, which may provide more information than measurement of a single test. We strive to help you understand your pet’s health considerations and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health care.

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication in Dogs

Does your dog like to play in the water? Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, so look out for water intoxication!Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love to play in the water. Water games that involve retrieving items or diving into pools to catch toys can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses.Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium. The body's cells begin to fill with water and swell. If the cells in the brain swell, it can affect the central nervous system which can be fatal.Symptoms include:loss of coordination lethargy bloating vomiting glazed eyes excessive salivation difficulty breathing seizures comaWater intoxication progresses quickly so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately to save your dog's life.Treatment of water intoxication typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover, but sadly, many do not.It's important to closely watch dogs that are very active in water and ensure they take regular breaks in between playing. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough. If your dog empties their water bowl after playing hard or exercise, ensure they are rested before refilling the bowl.Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication to keep your furry family member safe!If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 204-269-8162 or by email at info@centennialanimalhospital.com.Written by Centennial Animal Hospital

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