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Old 05-12-2012, 08:01 PM
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Default Baseline Bloodwork for "Senior" Dog?

I put "senior" in quotes because at 8 years Sally doesn't seem like a senior to me. I know that technically she is though....Her yearly is coming up and I was wondering if it would be a good idea to get baseline bloodwork in case she has issues later on?
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:02 PM
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I can't promote it enough! Catching liver/kidney/heart issues early can really help to extend life!
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:11 PM
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Yes!!

I had baseline blood work done on Lucy last year, and she was only 5. At this age I don't plan on doing it yearly, but it's nice to have something to refer back to. And it's nice to go "phew, my dog works" when the results come back normal.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:18 PM
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I think I started doing it every year and a half or so when Buzz turned 8 or 9? Since then they've had surgeries with such frequency that I don't need to make a special appointment for it... we just do it before surgery.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:28 PM
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Ok, good to know I'm not being too much of a worrier. She has had some health issues in the past--as a 2 year old she got a kidney infection that landed her at the vets for 3 days, and the vet said she had an enlarged kidney, but they didn't know if it was from the infection or if she was born with it. She also had a grade II mast cell tumor removed a couple of years ago, but it did not appear to have spread.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:08 PM
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I get bloodwork yearly on my dogs, and they're only 3 and 5 years old.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:17 PM
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Yeah, Jack already gets his done due to the fact that we occasionally give him NSAIDS for his ED.
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Pickles & Kiwi--3 yr old white winged parakeets
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Solo--12 yr old Senegal parrot
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Yeah, we start bloodwork at 7 and re-do it every year for safety sake.
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As soon as I am employed I plan to get baseline blood work done on both Dekka and Kaiden. I think its a good idea. Dekka has had blood work done before, but I would like the 'works' done so we know what is normal for her in every respect.
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Tucker didn't seem "old" to me, but got sick and passed away within 6 months at the age of 8. I say go for it.
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