Pet life stage center at Sumner animal hospital

AAHA Life Stage Guidelines

At Sumner Veterinary Hospital, we follow your pet through the many phases of their lives. From specialized and preventative care during their younger years to regular wellness checks as they age in order to prevent and detect problems before they arise. We know your pet is important to you, that's why we work hard to ensure they are given only the best in care through all the years of their lives. Read below for more information on life stage care for your pet.

What Does Bloodwork Test?


  • Liver function
  • Kidney function
  • Electrolyte disturbances
  • Dehydration
  • Pancreatic function

Complete Blood Count:

  • Red blood cell count
    • Anemia from immune,¬†parasitic or toxicities
  • Platelet count
    • Immune¬† Parasitic or metabolic disease
  • White Blood Cell count
    • Infections, immunosuppression


  • Presence of Bacteria and White Blood Cells
    • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Presence of Crystals
    • Indicating need for different diet, or presence of infection or bladder stones
  • Urine Specific Gravity
    • Kidney function, other metabolic diseases
  • Presence of abnormal cells
    • Inflammatory, Cancerous, etc.

Specific Tests:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Adrenal disease (Cushings, Addisons)
  • Heartworm disease
  • Heart disease
  • Bile acids (liver function testing)