As pet owners, we try to make the world a wonderful place for our dear, furry companions. By making sure they have a nutritious diet, get their vaccinations, sleep in a cozy bed, and receive plenty of snuggles and playtime, we hope that we are giving our best pals the life they deserve. But what if there was something more we could be doing to ensure their long-term health and vitality?

Teaming up with your veterinarian for regular wellness care and diagnostic testing is a simple and extremely effective way to give your pet a better quality of life. Pet baseline lab work is essential for the early diagnosis, treatment, and even prevention of health issues before they become serious problems.

The Importance of Pet Baseline Lab Work

Running tests on a pet who isn’t feeling well is an obvious move, but don’t discount the importance of regular health and wellness screenings for healthy pets, as well. Lifestyle, age, and genetic predisposition all play a role in a pet’s susceptibility to disease. Annual wellness exams and diagnostic tests such as blood panels, urine and fecal testing, and other important screenings are indispensable tools for monitoring your pet’s health over time.

Regular pet baseline lab work can:

  • Prevent a variety of health issues from occurring
  • Catch issues early on, making treatment much more effective
  • Result in reduced veterinary expenses due to early intervention
  • Increase your pet’s health and longevity

The Pet Owner’s Role

You know your pet better than anyone else, which makes you a vital participant in their overall well-being. It’s simple to establish a robust health baseline for your pet at home (chances are you’ve already started) and provide them with the absolute best in wellness care. Here’s how:

  • Pay close attention to your pet’s daily routine and habits. Note any changes in sleeping patterns, eating/drinking, urination/defecation, and behavior.
  • Keep your pet’s regular wellness appointments. Some pets, such as seniors or those with ongoing health concerns, should be seen more frequently.
  • Listen to your veterinarian’s recommendations for further diagnostic screening, as it can dramatically increase our ability to help your pet. Routine screening tests allow us to establish your pet’s baseline of health, and lets us keep tabs on their internal health.

Did You Know?

In helping you stay consistent with your pet’s lab work and wellness care needs, we have some great, cost-effective packages for dogs and cats which include discounted diagnostic services. These plans are designed for your convenience, to save you money, and to ensure your pet is getting the best care for a long and happy life.

Do you have further questions about pet baseline lab work or our preventative care plans? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your team at Androscoggin Animal Hospital.