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WHY DOES YOUR PET NEED BLOODWORK?

The health and safety of your pet is our foremost concern. Because your pet can not describe symptoms to let us know what might be wrong, we recommend blood tests to give us the answers we need, especially before surgery and with older pets. An animal’s instinct is to protect themselves, often times sick animals will “hide” their illness. Therefore, their appearances may be misleading. For example, a pet can loose 75% of kidney function prior to showing any signs of illness. Only blood tests would pick up this information.

  • Blood chemistry tests provide an inside look at your pets vital organs. By testing blood chemistries, we can evaluate the status of your pets major organs. The kidney and liver function are especially important, because these organs process and rid the body of medications used for anesthesia.
  • Hematology tests provide a look at the blood itself. Red blood cells (RBC) are responsible for carrying oxygen. White blood cells (WBC) are the body’s primary means of fighting infection. Platelets play an important role in clotting and are critical in helping the body stop bleeding. These texts can detect anemia, infection, and clotting disorders.
  • Electrolyte balance is crucial to maintaining life. Certain diseases or conditions mat result in electrolyte imbalances that could compromise a pet’s health.
  • General health profiles (IVDP, IVSP and IVCP) look at the functions of all the organs in the body including thyroid.
  • General health profiles are also done every 6-12 months for pets on certain medications (Anti-inflammatory, thyroid, heartworm, anti-seizure, blood pressure, Diuretic, and urinary incontinence meds). Pets that are on medications for diabetes need regular blood testing to ensure the pet is getting the correct dose of medication ( Diabetic regulation and fructosamine tests).