Understanding your pet's blood work.
Blood tests help us evaluate your pets systemic condition. Blood tests are often recommended prior to an animal undergoing anesthesia, to obtain baseline values, to determine causes of illness, to monitor drug therapy, and to screen for common diseases. General blood work tests can help identify underlying medical conditions that may complicate anesthesia or surgery. Diseases caught in their earliest stages allow early intervention and the best opportunity for successful treatment. The following is a list of common blood tests to help you understand your pet's test results.
Complete blood count (CBC)
This is the most common blood test performed on pets and people. A CBC gives information on hydration status, anemia, infection, the blood's clotting ability, and the ability of the immune system to respond. This test is often performed on pets with fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, pale gums, or loss of appetite. If your pet needs surgery, a CBC can detect bleeding disorders or other unseen abnormalities.
Common blood serum tests evaluate organ function, electrolyte status, hormone levels, and more. These are useful to establish cause of illness, medication side effects and overall health status.
There are many other blood tests to evaluate for specific organ function and specific disease conditions. For more information on when these common blood tests should be performed, schedule your pet for a consultation with our doctors, 330.410.4899
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