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Animal Hospital of Sullivan County

Primary Location
667 Harris Road
Ferndale, NY 12734
Phone: 845-292-6711

Office Hours

DayHours By Appointment
Monday7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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Preventative Lab Work at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County

Preventative lab work is just as important as preventative medicine. The majority of chronic illnesses and diseases are preventative, if they are discovered in time. Most importantly, preventative lab work can save your pet’s life, and save you hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars in surgeries and medical bills.

Benefits of Preventative Blood Work

Blood work tells a lot about the condition of the body, and can pinpoint infections, diseases and potential health issues. By collecting a sample of your pet’s blood, urine and stool and analyzing it, doctors can learn more about your pet’s immune system. Once your pet’s immune system is compromised, it becomes difficult for vets to treat your pet’s condition. The types of diseases and illnesses preventive lab work can identify are:

  • Kidney disease and kidney insufficiency
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine diseases such as thyroid disease, cushings disease and addison’s disease
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Anemia, inflammation or infection in the blood
  • Infectious diseases such as heartworm, lyme, anaplasmosis and ehrlichia
  • Intestinal Parasites that can cause ill health and some of which are contagious to people

Most people are not aware of the importance of blood/lab work. The body contains a mixture of chemicals that your pet’s body need to remain healthy. When these chemicals are imbalanced, they can cause a reaction throughout your pet’s body. In fact, unbalanced chemicals can affect different organs in the body. For example, a deficiency in your pet’s albumin levels can signify a problem with your pet’s liver.

Overall, blood tests are used to detect any potential medical problems, identify chronic illnesses and diseases, diagnose illnesses and diseases and give doctors a clear path as to how to treat potential health problems, and how to prevent new health problems.

When Does a Vet Typically Order Blood/Lab Work? 

  • On the first visit, we might recommend a blood test to rule out diseases including congenital disease. We might also recommend getting your pet neutered or spayed.
  • As part of your pet’s physical examination, we will order blood work and order a urine test.
  • Pets displaying any abnormal symptoms or abnormal behavior could be signs of an illness, injury or disease.
  • Pre-surgical blood work for pets is always in order. As vets, we want to test the functionality of your pet’s kidneys and liver. Blood work can reveal any health concerns prior to your pet undergoing surgery.
  • Before beginning a new medication and following up on that medication is another reason we might order preventative blood work.

Contact Us for Your Pet’s Wellness and Health Concern

If your pet is experiencing a problem or if you are concerned about the health of your pet, give our office a call at (845) 292-6711. At the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County, we thrive to provide the best care for your pet. We offer compassionate and professional services for all pets. Our in-house approach allows us to immediate access of medication, emergency care, and surgical equipment. The longevity and health of your pet depend on your pet getting regular veterinary care that includes yearly exams, vaccinations, preventative lab work and preventative medications for internal and external parasites.

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Dr. Barbara Bodolosky is a very talented and professional veterinarian and we chose her to be our vet for our new rescue pup, Sweetie. We are lifelong residents of Sullivan County and have had many vets treating our pets over the years. We picked Dr. B because we had read many glowing and thankful reviews on various websites and noted that her practice is listed as #2 in the Top Ten Vets in Sullivan County. We were instantly drawn to her warm, calm, caring and practice approach to animal care which is also evident in her interaction with us on each visit. Dr. B is willing to spend lots of time with us as we learn about our newest companion and discuss the best care and training for our wonderful, Sweetie – no question is too small. She has been practicing in Sullivan County since 2001 and caring for animals since 1993 after leaving the military. {Note: Recently friends of ours needed to have a very large fishhook removed from their toy Yorkie’s stomach and they report that Dr. B provided instant help and was a skillful surgeon – all went well. Another friend of ours told us that several groomers had tried and failed to clip her Shih Tzu’s nails due to his crazed behavior and his painfully long nails were now impacting his gait – Dr. B and her team accomplished this taking 45 slow and gentle minutes and only charging $16} All of her office staff are friendly and always helpful – happy to meet and greet your pets too. It should also be noted that the practice is bright and clean and modern – even the grounds are kept immaculately and are free of any “messes”! Animal Hospital of Sullivan County is open most days until 5 or 6 pm and offers on-call emergency services 7 days a week from 7:30am to 9pm. They also board pets and maintain the only local crematorium if such services are ever needed. (Dr. B had been most kind and beyond supportive when we were faced with the illness and eventual loss of our beloved dog after 18 years of being a most important member of our family.) We cannot recommend Dr. B more highly and we thank her for her service and care.

- Mrs. H

Office Hours

DayHours By Appointment
Monday7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

*Our on-call emergency hours are available seven days a week from 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM



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