FOR many conditions your pet may be put onto medication, sometimes ongoing for a certain period of time, sometimes lifelong.
Getting the diagnosis and starting the correct medication is the vital first step.
The ongoing treatment requires you and your vet (and your pet!) to work together to ensure we continue to treat appropriately, and that we aren’t getting any untoward side effects.
Depending on the medication, blood tests may be required before we even start treatment, or before we decide to continue it at an every day dose.
Some of the medication we use requires a blood test to see what level it has reached in the body after a certain period of time - having this information allows us to tailor the dose for your pet, balancing the clinical signs and/or any side effects.
Even if everything appears to be going wonderfully once starting medication for a condition, your pet will need regular check ups with your vet (for example every six months) for them to asses your pet’s health and talk to you about how everything is going.
Regular blood tests, (depending on the condition and the medication this could be up to 12 months) especially monitoring kidney and liver function, is important to make sure the medication is not causing any other issues.
Apart from all the health benefits for your pet of regular veterinary check ups, vets are under strict regulations that guide us in dispensing medications, and we could be called into question if we did not know the animal/s involved and the condition for what they are being treated (for both farm and domestic pets).
So while getting medication for your pet sometimes seems involved, I hope this helps explain it, and lets us all work together for the happiness and health of your pet.