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annual physical exam and health screening, including serum biochemistry (with T4), hematology and urinalysis profiles. While blood work and urinalysis results will give you a general overview of the animal’s health status,
it will not pick-out specific deficiencies or excesses.
A complete diet history (all foods and supplements) should be collected from the owner at each visit. Any home-prepared diet recipes should be obtained from a reputable, trained source. Additional resources, including a list of Board-certified Veterinary Nutritionists, can
be found through the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (
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