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Old 04-26-2013, 10:52 PM
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Daisy does, because she is le old. I think we started when she was 9 or 10.

Liz will be 10 in September. She had bloodwork in January before her dental - because I work in a clinic, we will likely continue yearly.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:58 PM
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'm just paranoid and I like hearing that my dog is healthy.
This is how I feel when I take izzie to see the rehab vet every couple months. I pay money to hear she's fine.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:04 PM
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This is how I feel when I take izzie to see the rehab vet every couple months. I pay money to hear she's fine.
Lol, right?! It's so funny. I mean, it's like, I know he's healthy but it's nice to hear it from a professional, I guess. Just an added reassurance. And the $150 or so vet visit that it usually entails is worth it to me.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:14 PM
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I do. Gavroche gets a mini chem panel and T4, Logan gets just a mini chem panel. Logan did get a full chem plus CBC last year before his dental, though. As they get older, what I choose to run will change. Next year Gavroche will be 7, so I will run a full chem panel every year from then on out. Probably add a CBC in there at some point, too.

I might add that Gavorche has fairly low urine spoecific gravity all the time - usually between 1.010 and 1.015. I know this because we monitored it for a while when we had a suspicion of diabetes insipidus. It's not low enough to "qualify" for that, but he also has a history of mildly elevated BUN. I want to keep on top of that, because renal failure in dogs is not pretty

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Old 04-27-2013, 07:27 AM
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No. Shippo has had bloodwork done one time, and Eevee has had hers done a couple times. Both times before going under for a dental cleaning. Both of them were perfect, and neither of them have any existing health problems, so I just don't really do it very often.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:53 AM
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I did yearly bloodwork on my ferrets once they hit about four. But the dogs...no, not really.

Chloe had bloodwork when she was around two or so, simply because of her aggression issues. Wanted to make sure everything internally (besides her brain ) was fine.

Gracie had a T4 done to see if her thyroid function was related to her allergies and we will have to do an NSAID panel every 6-12 months to make sure the low dose steroid she's on doesn't start affecting her liver.

I think I had bloodwork sent out on Cooper when he was neutered, because I was able to get it done for free.

But yearly...nah. I do it when I suspect a problem and I'd probably even do it when the dogs start to hit "senior" status. But if they are otherwise happy and healthy, I'd rather spend that money elsewhere.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:41 AM
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Yep, I think everyone gets it now. Sally turned 9 this year, and we got bloodwork done on her this last year and will do it from now on. Jack gets meds and so has had his done annually for years. We get the birds' bloodwork done yearly as part of an avian wellness package our bird vet does, with birds they take a long time to show symptoms of illness and you want to catch it ASAP. The cats are both seniors so they get bloodwork too.

Even I get bloodwork yearly per my doctor due to meds I'm on--I think DH is the only one in the house that doesn't get bloodwork--lol.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:57 AM
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Chloe had a full blood panel done before her spay/dental. Violets never had one, and Chloe didn't have one before then. I will likely do more on Chloe in the future since she is getting up there in age. I worry about her too much.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:18 PM
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I read this thread and was like "yes, I do!: then realized we're talking about the dogs.

And, um, no. I am a horrible dog owner. Any time I run bloodwork I just get to hear that's healthy, and I already know that. When he starts acting a little different as he ages I'll start doing regular bloodwork.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:35 AM
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Murphy does and has for the last 3-4 years. He's the only one that I schedule a yearly appointment for. The girls end up at the vet once a year for something anyway so we just do full check ups then. I think they've both had blood work done the last two or three years for random reasons.
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