Veterinary blood work
Most of us have had blood tests done at some point in our lives - and blood testing is sometimes needed in your pets as well.
When you bring your pet to the clinic because he/she isn’t feeling well, collecting blood for a blood count, biochemistry panel or other diagnostic tests can help us diagnose what may be going on.
As well as helping the vet to diagnose illness when your pet is unwell, blood work can play an important role in the long-term health of your furry companion.
Blood work is recommended for any animal over the age of 6-8 years old, animals having an anaesthetic, or animals who are on medications that have the potential to negatively impact the liver or kidneys (for example: pain relief, urinary incontinence, behavioural modification, thyroid medications and more).
Blood screening when your animal is apparently healthy helps to establish a normal baseline for your pet. This is helpful to track slowly changing values as well as identify abrupt changes from your pet’s normal state if they happen to fall ill.
Routine blood work normally consists of a blood count, biochemistry panel and possibly a thyroid panel. A complete blood count is helpful in identifying anaemia, infections and certain cancers. A blood chemistry panel evaluates the function of the kidneys, liver, pancreas and more. Early identification of kidney or liver disease, and conditions such as diabetes, is very important in the successful treatment and care of your pet. A thyroid panel allows us to evaluate the function of the thyroid gland which is often overactive in cats and can be underactive in dogs. By the time animals exhibit physical symptoms of disease many of them have been ill for quite some time. Routine blood work allows for the earliest possible detection of these illnesses.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the benefits of blood work and its ability to diagnose disease in its earliest stages.