Why does my dog need a blood test?
Your vet will offer you a blood test during the diagnosis of arthritis or shortly after. This is an essential component of a good management plan for a number of reasons.
- Arthritis is more prevalent in older dogs, who are more prone to other chronic conditions that can also cause lethargy and weakness. Having a blood test to rule out other possible diseases is crucial for an accurate diagnosis.
- The blood test may highlight other chronic conditions which will affect the way your dog responds to the medication prescribed. For example, a dog with liver disease may not process the pain relief drugs as well as we would expect, putting them at increased risk of toxicity.
- The blood test provides a baseline to refer back to during the treatment in case of complications.
- On finding a second condition, or possibly a third, an owner may question whether further management is right for their dog. The kinder thing may be to let them pass away peacefully at the appropriate time.