Pieces of the Puzzle: Clues and Information in Pet Blood Work

Pet blood work is an important part of good veterinary care.A blood draw many not be on the top of your pet’s favorite to-do list, but checking labs on our veterinary patients is an extremely important part of checkups at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates. Pet blood work can contain valuable information and clues about your pet’s overall health. Don’t be tempted to skip it! Let’s take a closer look.

What Wellness Blood Work Is All About

Many times, pet blood work is ordered when an animal is apparently just fine. This wellness blood work is not to be overlooked, however.

Blood work allows us to screen for and diagnose problems early, often before they are symptomatic. This leads to more successful treatment and management. Wellness blood work also provides us with a better understanding of what is normal for your individual pet, helping to to build a baseline database for a single patient. Continue…

Covering All Your Bases: Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping your pet is super important.Even though most pet owners are familiar with microchipping, there are still those that choose not to use this harmless implant. Sometimes, all it takes is a quick conversation to assuage any doubts or concerns. For others, it takes a sudden scare of a missing or lost pet. Microchipping your pet doesn’t have to be a major milestone, and yet, this simple, straightforward procedure can make all the difference if you ever become separated from your furry loved one.

 

The Basics

 

Microchips are designed to work for 25 years. They’re about the size of a grain of rice and are made of inert materials. They do not require anesthesia to implant. Inserted with a large bore needle, microchips typically bond to an animal’s subcutaneous tissue within a day or so.

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Bloat in Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

bloat in petsTummy trouble in our canine pals isn’t an uncommon problem. After all, dogs are prone to eat just about anything too much and too fast, including sweaty socks or yesterday’s garbage! Because dogs are prone to gastrointestinal issues, it’s good for all dog owners to know the risks when it comes to your chowhound.

One very serious problem that occurs in dogs is bloat. Bloat is an emergency situation that causes a pet’s stomach to become very hard to the touch. So what exactly is bloat in dogs, and how can you reduce the risk? The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is here with answers.

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