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Internal Medicine Testing - FAQ's

Thyroid Testing:


  • Dogs:  Give the medication at your normal times and schedule an appointment for blood to be pulled 4-6 hours after the medication was given.   We need to also make sure that the medication has been given consistantly over the prior 10 days.  We also recommend full blood work to be performed yearly at the same time of the test.

  • Cats:  Give the medication at your normal times and schedule an appointment during the day to pull the blood.  We also recommend yearly full blood work at the same time.

Diabetes:

  • Dogs:  Dogs need to have glucose curves performed every 4-7 months depending on the control of the animal.  It is also very important to evaluate full blood work and urinalysis.  An uncontrolled animal may have glucose in the urine which can lead to urinary tract infections

  • Cats: Cats will either need glucose curves performed every 6-12 months depending on the control of the animal.  For the difficult animal we can also perform fructosamine levels.   It is also very important to evaluate full blood work and urinalysis.

Seizure Control:

  • Dogs and Cats: Give the medication as directed and have an appointment for 4-6 hours after the medication was given.  Since these drugs are metabolized by internal organs we also need to perform full blood work and urinalysis evaluation yearly.

Cushings:

  • Dogs and Cats: Give the medication as directed.  For animals on trilostane or lysodren we will need a drop off appointment 4-6 hours after the medication to get accurate levels on our ACTH Stimulation test.  Frequency of this test should be at least every 12 months and may need to occur more frequent depending on the response of the animal. Full blood and urinalysis should be every 6 months.

Addisons:

  • Animals need to have their electrolytes evaluated every 3 months.  It is also important to have a full blood work and urinalysis every 6 months.

Long term NSAID's use (Rimadyl, Previcox, Metacam, Deramaxx)

  • Animals will need blood work and urinalysis performed every 6  months.  These medications are metabolized via the liver and can cause damage over time.  Monitoring is required for this drug to be dispensed.