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Blood work is important for pets’ health

King Features Syndicate

DEAR HELOISE: I am writing to ask you to please help me spread the word of the importance of a yearly blood work-up for your pet, especially important for those on long-term medication.

We just lost our little Buddy, who was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. A vet advised us that the kidney problem was present for at least six months. However, we did not find this out until six days before he passed. Had our regular vet advised or even suggested a yearly blood work-up, we would have had a better chance of treating him and possibly had him with us longer.

Our vet sends a reminder about vaccinations, etc. How hard would it be to add a reminder about a blood work-up or to suggest it when you’re in for your pet’s examination?

Take the time and have your pet get an annual blood work-up. You’ll be improving its life and quite possibly save its life through early detection. — A Daily Reader, Laurel, Mont.

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The American Veterinary Medical Association and National Pet Wellness promote twice-a-year pet-wellness exams, which consist of immunizations, parasite check, heartworm check, dental health, thorough blood work-up and urinalysis. Pets 7 and older also can expect an osteoarthritis check, chest X-ray and thyroid check as well. Our four-legged family members can’t tell us when they don’t feel good, so staying on top of their health is key. — Heloise

Heloise shares household tips from readers. Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to heloise@heloise.com.

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