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Posted on 08-07-2014
I was asked the other day why we require some blood work periodically for pets that are on long term medication. Here are some examples that indicate our line of thought on this matter:
1. A basic tenant in medicine is to DO NO HARM. Some medications have mild often accumulating side effects that can make the pet quite ill. Phenobarbital, steroids, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can damage the liver and kidneys over time. early detection of changes can allow changes in dose, frequency of medicating, and even drug in the face of worsening blood values.
2. Most medications are dosed based on the pet's body weight. Changes in body weight can, then, change the amount of drug needed.
3. Finally, there are unknown variables that can change the drug requirement to treat a disease. For this reason, diabetic pets, pets with adrenal gland diseases, and pets with thyroid diseases are checked.
We will work with you to establish the best monitoring program for your pet.
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