This is a great question! Yearly lab work is a good idea for pets of all ages, but it’s especially important for “senior” pets – generally meaning 7+ years of age, in both dogs and cats. This is because as our pets get older, their risk of developing common age-related health conditions like chronic kidney disease, Cushing’s disease, diabetes, or thyroid problems increases dramatically.
With many of these problems, affected pets may not show any symptoms at all in the early stages of the disease – so owners often don’t realize that they’re sick until things are much more advanced.
Annual blood work can tell us if your pet’s liver and kidneys are working normally, if he has a healthy immune system, and if his blood sugar and thyroid levels are normal. If an abnormality is found, we can address it early to help avoid more serious problems later on.