Our animal hospital staff in St. Petersburg, Florida
, keeps your animals happy and healthy with pet wellness exams and laser surgery
. At Pasadena Veterinary Hospital & Laser Center
, we customize care according to your pet's physical condition.
Your pet's complete health care involves several important procedures. Obtaining a complete and through history of your pets activity and behavior is important. A complete physical examination is also a vital component of pet care. Regardless of age, all pets can benefit from routing blood testing. Dogs and cats age much faster than humans and their organ systems also age at a much faster rate.
As animals age, they are prone to many of the same diseases as humans, diabetes, kidney, liver disease and heart disease, cancer, hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone level) and hyperthyroidism (high thyroid hormone level). As a preventive measure, we recommend blood testing at least every year, and more frequently as your pet ages.
A wellness examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet's major organ systems. We'll use the wellness visit to ask you questions about your pet's behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home.
This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
A wellness examination is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. 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.
Finally, wellness examinations help us establish a relationship with you and your pet. Through your pet's physical examinations, other wellness procedures, and our consultations with you, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet's health care.
When is blood work necessary?
- Sick and emergency situations. Blood work provides you with a valuable picture
of your pets health and is often
the first step when pets are brought in to
a clinic because they are sick or in an emergency situation. It helps the veterinary staff make immediate decisions, so they can quickly help your pet.
- Preanesthetic testing. Blood work is routinely done prior to your pets surgery, dentistry, or other procedures that require anesthesia. It lets the veterinary staff know if anesthesia is safe for your pet and allows them to make adjustments if they see anything abnormal. This blood work is often performed the same day as anesthesia is scheduled, making it easy for you and your pet because it eliminates the need to have your pet fast more than once and reduces the number of trips your need to make to the hospital.
- Preventative care screening. Because the signs that your pet is sick are not always obvious, preventive care testing is often recommended as part of your pet's annual exam. Preventive care screening not only uncovers disease before it's too late, but can also help you avoid significant medical expenses and risks to your pet's health.
- Medication monitoring. Some medications can have side
effects. Periodic blood
work while your pet is being treated can find
these problems early and allow your veterinarian to
make necessary changes. With other medications, blood tests are needed to ensure
that the dosage is appropriate.