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Old 04-26-2013, 08:48 PM
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Default Do you do yearly bloodwork?

Just wondering. Juno & Happy are coming to work with me tomorrow morning so they can get "heartworm profiles" ran - heartworm test + chemistry + CBC.

As much as I think annual bloodwork is a fantastic idea, especially for seniors, to be honest I probably wouldn't do it if I didn't work there. But I'm just curious to see what their bloodwork looks like and, primarily for Juno, to get a healthy baseline.

I'm actually really bad and usually don't even do heartworm tests.

Lucy had presurgical bloodwork done before her dental 2 months ago, so she gets to miss out on this event tomorrow
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:51 PM
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My dog doesn't even see the vet every year. He's never had bloodwork done.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:53 PM
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Errr... Bloodwork? No. Bloodwork was done for health issues.

I didn't even do yearly checkups
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:00 PM
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Only for Romeo. And well, that isn't every year, usually when I have extra money to spend . Romeo had/has kidney issues that the vets want monitored (yearly bloodwork) but we went in last year and everything came back totally normal. So I'll do it maybe in another year or two.

The other dogs, naw, not unless I suspected health issues. I don't do heartworm tests every year either (I do my own ivermec), though I probably should.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:02 PM
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Frodo has yearly bloodwork done because of the meds he is on, to make sure they are not hurting his liver.

I will have Siri's done when she is about a year or so old, simply to have a baseline.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:07 PM
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Not yet, but I will soon with Auggie since he's a senior now. I put it off this year (not going to accept that my dog is a senior.) but I'm going to do so next year. He had bloodwork done as a puppy before his neuter and also when he was 6 before his bladder surgery.

P will have bloodwork done at the same time we do his OFA x-rays.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:09 PM
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Nope. I've thought about it, but really don't see a need. That said, I did decide to have Dance, Keira and Ripley's bloodwork done last summer just because I was curious. Everyone's came back perfect. But they likely won't have a full panel done again for a while. Our vet thought it was weird actually that I wanted it done at all, since there were no surgeries or anything coming up and the dogs weren't sick. I'll probably get Journey's done next year as a baseline, but other than that, I don't have any future bloodwork plans for the dogs.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:10 PM
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Frodo has yearly bloodwork done because of the meds he is on, to make sure they are not hurting his liver.

I will have Siri's done when she is about a year or so old, simply to have a baseline.
Oh, yes, I'll add too, everybody here gets bloodwork done around a year so we have a baseline.

Rosey for her last year was on meds that required blood work every 6 months, to be sure there was no damage to her kidneys.

Senior ferrets get blood glucose tests done every 3 months, but that's not really blood work, it's a speck of blood
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:24 PM
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No. They've all had bloodwork done, but only when there was suspicion of a problem or upcoming surgery.
I don't do yearly checkups either. However, since Millie is truly a senior now (can't deny it anymore :/) I'm going to start them for her. I already suspect she's starting to lose some hearing, so I know I need to keep a closer watch on whatever may be going on with her.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:33 PM
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Nope. I had a CBC done for Harlow last year for a baseline, but I don't know how accurate it was because she had a UTI and a mild cough. Would love to get one for Rider, but I will probably wait til next year, as I'm getting his thyroid checked coming up next week. That should be fun.. he's not a fan of needles.
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