Daphne Olivia Gwenivere | Owner: Gloria Alkins | 11 years old
Nutritional needs should be talked about, as well as the importance of managing your dog's
weight at at a healthy level.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) -This blood test measures the 3 types of blood cells--red, white, and platelets.
The red blood cells are measured, screening for diseases such as anemia. The test also looks at the dog's white blood cells, which can show possible disease immune system issues. Platelets are also looked at, these are the cells responsible for blood clotting. They are counted to make sure that there are enough.
Chemistry Profile - This blood test looks at the Beagle's liver and kidney function. Blood glucose level is evaluated, to screen for diabetes, which is a common health issue for the senior Beagles.
Heartworm Antigen Test - This very accurate blood test acts to ensure the effectiveness of the heartworm prevention medication. This is because after being given treatment for almost a decade, a dog can build up immunity to certain medications. Your vet may find that there is a need to switch to a new brand that will work better.