Some health problems you just can’t diagnose on physical examination. Specialized blood tests are needed to determine what is really going on within your pet.
When do we recommend blood
testing for your pet?
When your pet displays concerning symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, or abnormal urination or defecation. Blood work allows us to access the function of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc. and to determine how best to help your pet.
Early detection of hidden problems: Since pets can’t talk to us, healthy looking pets may be hiding early signs of kidney or liver disease, pancreatitis, or diabetes. With blood tests we can make an early diagnosis which leads to early treatments. This can save your pet’s health.
Pre-anesthesia blood work allows us to know, prior to giving anesthesia, if any health problems exist. If blood work looks well, we will proceed with surgery knowing that anesthetic risk is minimal. If results indicate a problem we will take precautions, adjust our anesthesia protocol, give fluid therapy, or even postpone surgery while we treat your pet.
As pets age, they develop greater risks of organ failures or anemia. We can diagnose these conditions early and often treat them adding years to your pet’s life.
We routinely take 20 biochemistry tests in a comprehensive blood work panel. This includes tests to assess liver, kidney and pancreatic function tests that check for diabetes, cholesterol levels and electrolytes that are important to your pet’s health. We also check a Complete Blood Count to look at red blood cell and white blood cell levels. These are important to check for signs of anemia and infection.
Sometimes even more specialized, complex blood tests are added to look for specific diseases in an effort to give your pet the very best care and treatments.