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Old 04-26-2013, 09:38 PM
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I only do them when something is wrong until they're seniors, then we do yearlys.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:39 PM
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Meg got hers this year, and will yearly from now on. She is nearly nine.

Gusto has had a baseline done; barring any issues, I won't do him again for a few years.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:39 PM
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I should with Tess, since she's 7 now, and ideally I think one should with a senior. But I just can't afford it at this time.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:41 PM
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Yeah, I'm always surprised when people with young dogs want all the bloodwork ran. Definitely not a bad thing, just not something I expect most people to do. The combo with the heartworm test is a really good deal though - adding on the CBC and chemistry is just $35 more than the heartworm test on its own!

It is cool though, we've caught things early in animals just based on the trends their bloodwork was showing. Or recently a dog that was seemingly healthy, that apparently has a jacked up liver which we found out by running bloodwork before his dental.

Dunno if I'll do it every year. Guess I'll have to see how much this costs me! I don't know why I'm doing it on Happy. Pure curiosity I think - is she really as healthy as she seems to be? I don't do annual exams or vaccines either. It's almost like I need to do SOMEthing in order to redeem myself in the eyes of everyone else.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:58 PM
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We don't even do yearly exams.

She had bloodwork before her first spat attempt though and it came back slightly anemic. Nothing since.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:04 PM
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I have done yearly bloodwork and eye exams for the last... five or so years. Actually, everyone actually has bloodwork run more often than that because everyone is on meds.

Would I do it yearly on a young animal? Maybe...
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:19 PM
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Maddie gets a thorough exam and complete blood work 2x a year. She's on meds that I have to keep an eye on her liver, though but its peace of mind for me, I want to have a baseline and a heads up if anything changes.
I had Bailey done last year for a baseline. I'll see how I feel about it, but probably won't
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:37 PM
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Well, Jackson did not have bloodwork until he was 3, I think. I went to a low cost neuter clinic and they didn't even do it then. Looking back, I'm shocked I did it that way, but hey everything turned out fine.

With that said, he's 4 1/2 and he's been to the vet every year for something or another. 2011 was an expensive year for us, he got sick and had an overnight hospital stay (and had 3 separate bloodwork panels done within a week). Then he had an operation on his canine tooth later that year so bloodwork was done before that. Last year was the first year he did not go to the vet at all and I decided in December to just bring him for a yearly and everything checked out good (no bloodwork though, vet didn't see a need). He just had a dental 2 weeks ago so he had bloodwork again, all perfect.


So basically, I wish I would've done one when he was younger so I could've had a baseline. In the future, I'll probably do bloodwork every other year unless something is medically wrong. I'm just paranoid and I like hearing that my dog is healthy.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:41 PM
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I too work at a clinic so I'm also biased but my old lady got twice yearly bloodwork (a full profile with her annual and just a pre-anesthetic six months later). Obi gets yearly blood/urinalysis/stool tests for free since he's a blood donor :-)
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:50 PM
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Quote:
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I'm just paranoid and I like hearing that my dog is healthy.
THIS. So much this
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