Annual Laboratory Bloodwork is Invaluable to the Health and Well-being of your Horse
Having baseline laboratory results from a routine Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Chemistry Screen is important if/when your horse falls ill. Knowing your horse's established normal parameters helps Dr. Eggleston know when and to what degree values are truly "a problem." While obviously no one wants their horse to fall ill, it happens often enough that horses are hospitalized for one reason or another. Having established baseline CBC and Chemistry results, allows those results to be shared with referral specialists so that they, too, have a better understanding of your horse.
Annual baseline CBC and Chemistry results are also important when horses are receiving several common prescription medications. Bute, Banamine, Equioxx, antibiotics and even wormers are all medications that may have consequences internally (on a horse's liver or kidney, for example). It is important that medications are not prescribed, or that their doses are adjusted, when the body may otherwise be compromised.
Annual baseline CBC and Chemistry results are important to pick up subtle changes that may alert us to larger problems "on the horizon" for a horse. Dr. Eggleston can potentially "catch" changes on laboratory bloodwork, before outward clinical signs are evident. Dr. Eggleston's goal and commitment to her patients is to be proactive in their health care needs.
Every year, we see subtle changes on horses' laboratory results that alert Dr. Eggleston to potential issues such as:
PPID (Cushing Syndrome)
EMS (Equine Metabolic Syndrome)