Extracting retained baby teeth
It is recommend to extract deciduous (baby) teeth if they have not fallen out on their own and the adult teeth have come in. If these teeth are not removed it can lead to overcrowding and early dental disease. Food and other material can become trapped between the adult tooth and baby tooth leading to decay. This problem is most common in small breed dogs, but can be seen in cats and larger breed dogs.
It may be difficult to understand why it is necessary to perform bloodwork on your pet, especially if they appear to be healthy. However, drawing a blood sample from your pet and performing laboratory testing will help reveal many problems that a physical exam cannot. The goal with blood screening is to detect problems before outward signs become evident. It is also a great way to follow trends in your pet’s health as they age. By having baseline bloodwork from when an animal is healthy, it is much easier to determine what is abnormal for that pet should they become ill in the future.
CBC- (Complete Blood Count) is used as a broad screening test to check for such disorders as anemia, infection, and many other diseases.
Chemistry- is used to check general organ function. The liver, kidneys, and pancreas are evaluated in this test. The patient’s blood glucose level is also examined. It is important for a patient’s organs to be functioning properly so that they may eliminate (wake up from) anesthesia effectively.
Electrolytes- evaluate sodium, potassium, and chloride levels. They keep the bodies fluids in balance and functioning properly, including heart rhythm, muscle contractions, and brain function.