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What Screening Lab Work Can Do For Your Pet

What does screening lab work do for your pet?

When it comes to the health and well-being of our beloved furry companions, we often want to go above and beyond to ensure their safety. However, there are instances where certain medical procedures or tests may not be necessary, especially for young and healthy animals. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on why a Complete Blood Count (CBC), Chemistry Profile, and Urinalysis may not be indicated as a prerequisite for anesthesia or as a baseline for such animals. By understanding the rationale behind these recommendations, we can make informed decisions about our pets’ healthcare.

Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Feeding Your Cats

Beautiful young healthy feline received the cat basic wellness package in the comfort of home.

Mistakes feeding cats are generally due to a lack of knowledge about how our feline friends evolved and became domesticated. Feeding cats in an evolutionarily, biologically, and behaviorally appropriate way improves their health and well-being. An added bonus is that they are less likely to develop behavior problems that are annoying, dangerous, or can even lead to the cat’s euthanasia.

Preventing Unnecessary Over-Vaccination in Dogs and Cats

What does over-vaccination even mean? Surprisingly, I’m not talking about the number of vaccines given during one visit. Because sometimes your pet really needs all of the vaccines! It is not ideal to administer too many vaccines in one visit. Nobody likes that many jabs. However, that doesn’t count as over-vaccination. Over-vaccination occurs in 2 situations: your pet receives unnecessary vaccines, or your pet receives necessary vaccines too often. Unfortunately, many veterinarians don’t understand the duration of immunity (DOI) or risk-benefit analysis. Don’t let your vet over-vaccinate your pet due to your lack of education on the matter.

Ultimate Guide to Understanding Vaccinology in Dogs and Cats

*Vaccines protect against disease by fooling the immune system into thinking the pet has been infected.

*Maternal antibodies destroy vaccines just as effectively as they destroy real pathogens.

*Vaccine titers don’t tell you if your pet is protected against disease, and therefore are a waste of money in all but very specific circumstances (ones that have never come up in my career).

*Adjuvants can kill cats, but there are non-adjuvanted cat vaccines available.

*Modified Live Vaccines last a REALLY long time because they stimulate cell-mediated immunity, but killed and recombinant vaccines do not.