Why Blood Work is Powerful.
Since pets can’t say how they’re feeling, we must rely even more heavily on other methods of determining their health status. One of the most powerful ways to see what is going on the inside is by analyzing your pet’s blood, urine, and stool.
Diagnostic bloodwork is one tool that gives us insight into your pet’s past, present, and future. This testing reveals an amazing amount of information about your pet’s state of wellness and provides us a baseline for future comparison. This information is vital as pets get older and diseases become more common. Combining bloodwork with your pet’s yearly wellness exams greatly enhances our ability to diagnose your pet’s changing health needs in a very detailed manner.
Complete blood count (CBC)– tells us if your pet has an infection, if inflammation is present, or if your pet is anemic. CBC’s help us screen for:
- Anemia (low red blood cells)
- Bleeding problem
- Inability to fight infection
- Hydration status
Blood chemistry panel – including electrolytes provides information about your pet’s liver, kidneys, and pancreas, as well as other functions of the body, such as blood sugar and hydration. Chemistry panels can help us diagnose:
- Early renal disease
- Renal failure
- Abnormalities resulting from chronic medications
- Liver disease
Urinalysis – helps us identify infection, inflammation, stones, and crystals in the urinary tract as well as to monitor kidney function.
Thyroid hormone levels – detects whether or not your pet’s thyroid gland is functioning properly. Hyperthyroidism is common in cats while dogs tend to get hypothyroidism.
4 Dx Plus Heartworm Test – checks for heartworm disease as well as these common tick diseases: Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma.
For urgent issues and illnesses, we have a state-of-the-art in-house laboratory that allows us to get results right away so that we can make important decisions about how best to treat your pet.
For routine testing we send our lab work to IDEXX reference lab and expect results within 5-7 business days. By sending lab test to an outside lab we are able to get more results at a reduced cost to you.