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Old 05-13-2012, 03:07 AM
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Rosey doesn't get it done, mainly cause she doesn't go to the vet ever, I can't afford it and it stresses her out. Those are the top 3 reasons I guess. The ferrets get blood work every year starting at 5, but BG Tested every 3/4 months starting at 3.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:44 AM
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I'm definitely supportive of routine bloodwork on healthy dogs, the same way I'm supportive of annual physicals even if no vaccines are due. It's always best to catch things early, before the dog is obviously symptomatic.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:40 AM
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I'm definitely supportive of routine bloodwork on healthy dogs, the same way I'm supportive of annual physicals even if no vaccines are due. It's always best to catch things early, before the dog is obviously symptomatic.
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Agreed!! Annual bloodwork is what caught Rileys Addisons disease early before he had a crisis. VERY supportive of bloodwork and physcial exams at least yearly!
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:58 PM
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Zander turned 7 in February, and I want to run as many tests as I can on him. He's from a BYB, so I'm a bit paranoid about making sure he is healthy.

So what do you ask them to check, specifically? I haven't found a vet in this area I really like yet, and I kinda wonder if some of them would know what "baseline bloodwork for a senior" is. I want to make sure I'm asking all the right questions so we are both on the same page. Is thyroid considered part of it, or no?
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:09 PM
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So what do you ask them to check, specifically? I haven't found a vet in this area I really like yet, and I kinda wonder if some of them would know what "baseline bloodwork for a senior" is. I want to make sure I'm asking all the right questions so we are both on the same page. Is thyroid considered part of it, or no?
I'd like to know this too!
Froman is going to be 7 in January and I'd like to start having routine bloodwork done as well.

There's no reason why they couldn't pull blood the same day as other routine stuff is going on, right? For example, I could have them do it when Froman goes in to get his rabies vaccine, right? Because the less I have to take him to the vet, the better!
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I would assume most clinics would have a protocol for this, it's becoming pretty common for places to have "geriatric protocols" and recommend screening procedures like this during annual exams. With Lucy I just told them I wanted general baseline bloodwork done. If they don't know what you're talking about or they want to know what specifically you want, then I'd just ask for a CBC and chemistry panel. Lyzelle, if you want T4 (thyroid) checked I would specifically ask for that, just to make sure it gets tested because I don't think any of our blood panels test for it (we have to mark it off separately as an "add on" test).

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There's no reason why they couldn't pull blood the same day as other routine stuff is going on, right? For example, I could have them do it when Froman goes in to get his rabies vaccine, right? Because the less I have to take him to the vet, the better!
You could absolutely have it all done in one go. I'd just make a mention of the bloodwork when you make the appointment, so they know to expect it.
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The clinic I worked at had 3 levels of geriatric bloodwork for dogs and cats. I can probably remember them when I'm on a computer and not a phone...
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Jackson will be getting bloodwork every year, and he's only 3. He got bloodwork for the first time last year and we'll check every year. Better safe than sorry. I like knowing everything's working right!
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:08 PM
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Kiba will get one this year when she turns 8 (only really since she's now starting to show some "age").
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