The most important thing will always be the long-term health of your pet which makes preventive care a significant part of veterinary care. Our Murfreesboro vets know that early detection of disease is crucial to the long-term health of your companion.
Why is early detection important?
If our pets could talk, they could tell us when they don’t feel good and tell us what hurts. Animals are naturally inclined to hide sickness, which makes it tricky for us to know when there is a problem. There are many diseases where symptoms do not appear until the late stages when your pet is already suffering.
This is where early detection can help. Many diseases can be caught early with preventative bloodwork. You have probably heard the phrase, "preventative medicine is the best medicine” from your own doctor, and the same is true for our pets. The early detection of disease can make all the difference and extend your pet's life.
What is preventive bloodwork?
Preventative bloodwork is the next best thing to your pet being able to talk and tell you how they feel. It helps show us what is going on inside their body and will aid in pinpointing any problems. The ideal time to run a panel on your pet is when he or she is in good health. This gives us a baseline of what represents good health for your pet. We can then compare future panels to the baseline and quickly identify and treat any abnormalities or problems.
What types of diseases can be detected and treated?
The earlier we can diagnose your pet leads to better outcomes. We can detect and treat the following diseases:
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Bacterial infections
- Cushings disease
- Addisons disease
For the very best care, we recommend a junior or senior wellness panel when your pet comes in for their annual visit.
Junior Wellness Bloodwork includes a full chemistry and CBC and analyzes basic organ function.
Senior Wellness Bloodwork provides a more in-depth analysis of everything the adult wellness panel checks for plus a heartworm test, urinalysis, and thyroid panel. Your pet does not have to be considered geriatric to get this bloodwork. It is for pets of any age!