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Are laboratory blood tests necessary?

There are times during an animals life when blood may be drawn for laboratory tests even though your pet is perfectly healthy.

For the young animal, laboratory tests are helpful in establishing a baseline for health care.  For the middle-aged or older pet, laboratory tests, along with a bi-annual wellness examination, are important for the detection of potential health problems and for sustaining a good quality of life.  Laboratory tests may be necessary to diagnose disease and to treat your pet effectively and safely.