Pets cannot tell us where they are hurting or how they are feeling, so veterinarians rely on a variety of tests to help them diagnose illnesses/injuries and to determine proper treatments. Your veterinarian may order a blood panel for dogs, even when the animal is not sick, to get baseline information on body processes. This information will ensure the doctor is alerted to changes that can facilitate diagnosis and treatment in the future. For more details on bloodwork, please give us a call at 416-762-5558.
Why is bloodwork so important in pet care?
A blood test is essential for determining a number of veterinary conditions that can seriously impact the health of your pet. The cost is well worth the expense because it provides so much information to help the veterinarian care for your pet. Testing generally includes two different tests: the CBC and the blood chemistry test. The CBC is a blood cell analysis that looks at the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin levels. It shows us how the spleen, kidneys, and bone marrow are functioning. It also counts the number of white blood cells which can be an indicator of infection. The blood chemistry panel is another common test. This test provides information on liver function, kidney function, pancreatic function and other body processes that can indicate diseases (e.g. diabetes, heart problems, thyroid issues or kidney problems).
How is blood drawn from pets?
Drawing blood from your pet is a simple process that only takes a few minutes. The veterinarian will determine the appropriate location from which to take the blood, often on the front limb. You may be asked to help hold your pet steady while the needle is inserted, through which the blood is retrieved. Often more than one vial is filled with blood for different types of tests. Generally, the process doesn't hurt the patient, though they may feel the first pinch as the needle enters. Afterward, your pet will carry on as usual. Some animals may have slight soreness at the site of the blood drawing, but this will disappear in a day or two.