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    Curious whether you guys do annual blood tests on older dogs? I've heard some vets recommend it.

    Worth it or a waste of money?

  • #2
    It really depends on what you mean/class as blood tests !

    I found a brand new vet recently – who I believe is worth his weight in gold – for my 2. The added bonus is – my 2 also really like him and the vet nurses ! So, there was no stress on my part leaving them there.

    With a new vet – plus, I was also interested – I got a full panel blood test + thyroid + titre test done. Good news is - My boy does not have to have any more vaccinations. I did stop the vaccinations with him when he was 7 years old.

    As my little girl’s last vet visit was when she was 12 weeks old – Yes, she needed another vaccination. That was done and hopefully – next year she won’t need any more.

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    • #3
      I mean like full blood panel, checking internal organs, blood counts etc etc. I've seen some vets refer to it as wellness blood work. I guess I'm just wondering whether it's worth checking up on all those internal things every year (particularly in older dogs) or whether it's not really necessary.

      Aren't titre tests great! Koda had his last year and came back all clear, no more vaccines for him! Finn will get his first titre next year.

      I've just discovered today that Koda has a broken front tooth which I'm assuming will have to come out... so I will get pre-anaesthetic bloods done for that anyway.

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      • #4
        That is what is meant by the term – ‘full panel blood test’. Through the blood testing – it does check the workings of all the internal organs.

        No, it is not necessary to do the full blood panel test every year for older pups. I would only do it – if a health problem showed up.

        I have never come across the term ‘Wellness Blood Work’. I also couldn’t be stuffed to look up what it entails. I will also assume the vets will charge like ‘scrub bulls’ for it to be done !

        I will just continue on with my new vet. At least he knows what I am talking about now. He also checked – FOC – Riley’s heart, prostrate and all the lumps and bumps that are showing up on his body now. He got a clean bill of health from the vet – which I was very, very happy to hear.

        Yes. titre testing is a wonderful tool for us pup owners to have available + able to use. My previous vet was so against titre testing and raw feeding pups. He was the sort of vet – that sent out vaccination notices every year. Hence, he is my previous vet !

        Very sorry to hear that Koda has a broken front tooth. Heaps and Heaps of Good Luck Wishes – if he needs an operation.

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        • #5
          I asked this of a specialist vet friend who I really trust and she said no. Just keep a strict eye and if you notice anything even slightly untoward then get a test. Dogs hide their health conditions very well and sometimes with an older dog one can attribute it to the dog slowing down and getting old. So if the older dog seems a bit slower, maybe has a slight cough, pants a bit more than you think is normal and anything else subtly different etc then it is worthwhile visiting the vet.

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          • #6
            That’s a good question and something I haven’t considered on the regular. I did get baseline bloods done on thyme while he was being neutered as a future reference. And thistle had two blood panels done during the cancer scare but it’s not something I’ve consudered annually.

            Maybe when they’re officially old

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ThistleTheDog View Post
              That’s a good question and something I haven’t considered on the regular. I did get baseline bloods done on thyme while he was being neutered as a future reference. And thistle had two blood panels done during the cancer scare but it’s not something I’ve consudered annually.

              Maybe when they’re officially old
              I never thought much of it while my dogs were younger but Koda turns 9 this year and it's starting to dawn on me that he is becoming an old man

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              • #8
                Originally posted by maddogdodge View Post

                I never thought much of it while my dogs were younger but Koda turns 9 this year and it's starting to dawn on me that he is becoming an old man
                My main 2 working dogs turn 10 this year and I cant even think of them as old they are both so strong and fit! My kelpie still clears 1.2 m panels with ease in and out of sheep yards and my BC is still doing blistering rounds in agility, totally up for any game as well as working sheep! Both still live and breath to work!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kalacreek View Post

                  My main 2 working dogs turn 10 this year and I cant even think of them as old they are both so strong and fit! My kelpie still clears 1.2 m panels with ease in and out of sheep yards and my BC is still doing blistering rounds in agility, totally up for any game as well as working sheep! Both still live and breath to work!
                  Haha Kelpies are on a different level to other dogs. Dodge my Kelpie is 14 now, completely riddled with arthritis in her elbows and hips. Her elbows stick out at weird angles because of it and she has a severe permanent limp because of it. She's on medication for it but it can only help so much. Despite that, she still chooses to do her daily "rounds" of the property to check everything is ok. She still trots down to the bottom of our property (30 acres) with me and can still beat me back up the hill. She is so determined to keep active, it is a determination that I think is unique to Kelpies, not something most pet dogs seem to have.

                  Koda is still very active however I've noticed he's slowed down a bit and he is physically looking older (to the point people are visiting and telling me he looks old). He hasn't got any major issues yet. The dog chiro said his elbows are a bit crackly but other than that he's doing great. I am just a paranoid person who can't deal with the idea of my heart dog becoming old and getting health problems. Koda and I have a bond unlike other I've had with an animal.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by maddogdodge View Post

                    Haha Kelpies are on a different level to other dogs. Dodge my Kelpie is 14 now, completely riddled with arthritis in her elbows and hips. Her elbows stick out at weird angles because of it and she has a severe permanent limp because of it. She's on medication for it but it can only help so much. Despite that, she still chooses to do her daily "rounds" of the property to check everything is ok. She still trots down to the bottom of our property (30 acres) with me and can still beat me back up the hill. She is so determined to keep active, it is a determination that I think is unique to Kelpies, not something most pet dogs seem to have.

                    Koda is still very active however I've noticed he's slowed down a bit and he is physically looking older (to the point people are visiting and telling me he looks old). He hasn't got any major issues yet. The dog chiro said his elbows are a bit crackly but other than that he's doing great. I am just a paranoid person who can't deal with the idea of my heart dog becoming old and getting health problems. Koda and I have a bond unlike other I've had with an animal.
                    It is hard, I lost my true heart dog 4 years ago and I still miss her every day, I dont think anything will ever compare to that bond. I didn't know she was so sick until 3 days before I had to put her down. Cattle dogs are also tough. I wondered if a blood test annually would have picked it up. However I think I am just going to keep a close eye. My oldest dog is 11yo and she is looking great. But I will watch for the subtle signs and not assume like I did with my heart dog that she was slowing down slightly because of age. I think if something makes you unhappy then it is worth a blood test and a check over.

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                    • #11
                      Yes it is not fair. I've been digging into Thistle's background and I'm still trying to accept that she's just turned six, not five. Still young, but then I remember she's predominantly mastiff/dane - neither known for long lifespans - and wonder what side of ten she's going to land on. However, while slowed down a bit (and how much of that was 4 months being injured) she is nice and healthy.

                      She's been much easier to walk of late. Is it from all our training, is it middle age or is it she's getting old and just doesn't care as much anymore? I'm hoping it's training and not age setting int.

                      I don't like thinking about it though. She's definitely something special, I'm going to be devastated when she is gone.

                      Mean while Thyme's grandparents are like 13 and 15 years old now, so that's promising on the time I get to have with him.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ThistleTheDog View Post
                        Yes it is not fair. I've been digging into Thistle's background and I'm still trying to accept that she's just turned six, not five. Still young, but then I remember she's predominantly mastiff/dane - neither known for long lifespans - and wonder what side of ten she's going to land on. However, while slowed down a bit (and how much of that was 4 months being injured) she is nice and healthy.

                        She's been much easier to walk of late. Is it from all our training, is it middle age or is it she's getting old and just doesn't care as much anymore? I'm hoping it's training and not age setting int.

                        I don't like thinking about it though. She's definitely something special, I'm going to be devastated when she is gone.

                        Mean while Thyme's grandparents are like 13 and 15 years old now, so that's promising on the time I get to have with him.
                        I can only find age related info on one of Koda's grandparents who died at age 13... Most Aussies seem to live 12-14 years I think... It just freaks me out that for Koda that is only 3-5 years away :/

                        Just gotta cherish every moment.

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