Did you know that the kidneys can lose 75 percent of their functionality before any symptoms are seen? Or that 40 percent of female dogs over the age of seven can have a silent urinary tract infection? Or that low thyroid levels (hypothyroidism) can be a common cause of obesity in older pets?
Thankfully, there are methods available to help track these issues. Blood and urine testing can detect problems in your pet much earlier than if you had noticed these symptoms. These tests can even detect changes well before we can see them here during an exam. Lab testing is a crucial part of a general health exam in pets over seven.
With all of that in mind, at OC Veterinary Medical Center, we are proud to announce that we have a new combination panel (blood, urine and feces) that checks for:
• Blood changes (such as anemia)
• Liver disease
• Electrolyte abnormalities
• Parasites (heartworm, flea- and tick-spread diseases in dogs, intestinal parasites in dogs and cats)
• Urinary infections
• Pancreatitis/fat levels
• Thyroid disease
• FeLV/FIV in cats
• Early stage kidney disease
• Heart muscle disease
Typically, this combination panel would cost well over $400—however we are running a special right now—due to the reduced cost we could get from our reference lab, for a limited time this panel will only be $282.50!
If lab testing has not been performed on your pet in a year, we encourage you to schedule an exam—or we can schedule lab testing along with a general health exam. We are kindly asking you to please bring in a fresh fecal sample as a part of this test.
Please note: the testing is more accurate if the blood sample is not collected right after a meal.