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Our team, at Aspen Veterinary Clinic, believes preventive care is key to maintaining your dog’s health and happiness as well as quality of life and longevity. Just like humans, dogs benefit greatly from regular health check-ups and laboratory work. Our comprehensive approach to preventive lab work for dogs is designed to catch potential health issues early, ensuring your furry friend enjoys a longer, healthier, and more active life.

Why Preventative Lab Work?

  • Early Detection: Regular lab tests can detect problems before they become serious, allowing for more effective and less invasive treatments. Some of the more critical illnesses that lab work can reveal are: signs of infection, thyroid issues, diabetes, liver and kidney problems, all of which can be treated and maintained if caught early.
  • Baseline Health Data: Establishing a baseline of your dog's normal health markers aids in identifying any future abnormalities or changes.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing your dog is healthy or proactively managing any health issues provides peace of mind and enhances the bond you share with your pet.

Preventative diagnostic tests for dogs aim to detect potential health issues early on, allowing for prompt intervention and treatment. Some common preventative diagnostic tests include:

  • Wellness Exams: Regular comprehensive physical examinations performed by a veterinarian assess the overall health of your dog. These examinations are evaluating weight and body condition, dental health, heart and lung function, joint mobility and evidence of pain, signs of disease, overall appearance, and much more.
  • Blood Tests: Blood tests, sometimes referred to as blood work or lab work include such tests as complete blood cell counts (CBC), serum chemistry panels, and blood clotting profiles. These tests provide valuable information about organ function such as liver and kidney function, evidence of infection and disease, evaluation of red and white blood cell counts, and assess overall health status.
  • Fecal Tests: Analysis of fecal samples identify parasites, such as worms and/or protozoa like Giardia, which can negatively affect the digestive system and overall health of your dog. These tests are additionally important because detection and treatment of parasites will protect you and your human family from danger. Many common GI parasites in dogs are zoonotic or can be transmitted to humans causing serious illness.
  • Urine Analysis: Evaluation of urine samples help to assess kidney function, detect urinary tract infections, monitor hydration levels, and the presence of crystals or urolithiasis as well as other abnormalities.
  • Heartworm Testing: This blood test detects the presence of heartworm disease, which is a life-threatening condition transmitted by mosquitoes. Early detection allows for timely treatment as well as prevention strategies. Heartworm disease is becoming more prevalent in Flagstaff and fortunately is easily prevented with appropriate medication.
  • Tick-borne Disease Testing: This blood test screens for tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis, which are all prevalent in Flagstaff, Arizona and the surrounding area. These diseases cause serious and often life-threatening issues requiring immediate intervention, hospitalization and occasionally long-term treatment. Tick-borne diseases in dogs are zoonotic or can be transmitted to humans causing serious illness. Fortunately, these diseases are all easily prevented with appropriate medication.

The frequency of these preventative diagnostic tests may vary based on factors such as the pet's age, breed, lifestyle, and any specific risk factors they may have. Regular communication with your veterinarian can help determine the most appropriate testing schedule for individual dogs. We have numerous preventative care panels available for you to choose from for every stage of your dog’s life.

Dog Blood Work

Blood work, sometimes referred to as lab work or chemistry test, is an important component of veterinary diagnostics for dogs, providing comprehensive information about your pet’s overall health and organ function. These tests involve the analysis of blood samples to assess various parameters, including complete blood cell counts, organ-specific enzymes, electrolyte levels, and metabolic markers. By evaluating these factors, veterinarians can detect and monitor a wide range of conditions and diseases.

Blood work can provide insights into red and white blood cell counts, which help evaluate immune function, detect anemia, and assess the presence of infections or blood disorders. Chemistry tests measure the levels of enzymes, electrolytes, and other substances in the blood, providing crucial information about organ health. They can help identify liver and kidney disease, assess thyroid function, detect diabetes, and evaluate the metabolic status of the animal.

Annual blood work is recommended as part of every pet’s preventive care plan, and is especially important for senior pets, to detect early signs of diseases and ensure optimal health. Overall, blood work and laboratory testing provide valuable insights into the internal workings of dogs, enabling veterinarians to make informed diagnoses and create tailored treatment plans to promote their well-being.

Dog Fecal Testing

Fecal tests play a crucial role in the veterinary care of dogs, providing valuable insights into their gastrointestinal health. These tests involve the examination of fecal samples to identify the presence of parasites, bacteria, viruses, and other indicators of digestive system disorders. By analyzing fecal matter, veterinarians can detect common parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms, as well as protozoa such as Giardia and coccidia. Additionally, fecal tests aid in the diagnosis of conditions like gastrointestinal infections, inflammatory bowel disease, and malabsorption syndromes. To perform a fecal test, a small sample of feces is collected from the animal and examined under a microscope or analyzed using specialized diagnostic techniques. We recommend annual fecal testing as part of your pet’s overall preventive care plan, and especially for pet’s with outdoor access, pet’s with exposure to other animals and wildlife, and for any pet that goes to boarding facilities or doggie daycare. By detecting and treating gastrointestinal issues promptly, fecal tests contribute to the overall well-being and longevity of our beloved canine companions.

Dog Urinalysis Testing

Urine tests are valuable diagnostic tools in the veterinary field, providing insights into the urinary system health of dogs. These tests involve the analysis of urine samples to assess various parameters, including the presence of specific substances, cells, and indicators of renal function. Urine tests can help detect and monitor conditions such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease, diabetes, and urinary crystals or stones. They can also provide information about hydration levels, liver function, and the overall metabolic status of the animal. To perform a urine test, a sample is collected from the animal using various methods, such as a clean catch or cystocentesis (a procedure that involves obtaining urine directly from the bladder using an ultrasound and syringe). The urine sample is then analyzed through a series of tests, including visual examination, chemical analysis, and microscopic evaluation. By evaluating the composition and characteristics of the urine, veterinarians can make informed decisions regarding the diagnosis and treatment of urinary system disorders in dogs. Regular urine testing is often recommended as part of your pet’s overall preventive care plan, and is particularly important for senior pets and those at higher risk of urinary issues. Ultimately, urine tests help ensure the well-being and optimal urinary health of our canine friends.

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