Unfortunately our pets are unable to say how they are feeling. Therefore, we rely on bloodwork to show us the earliest signs of illness before your pet seems to be sick. Testing gives us immediate insights that we might not otherwise discover. Treating your pet early can help produce a better outcome and lower treatment cost, too.
1. How does bloodwork help my pet?
Blood testing can frequently detect illness in your pet before we can see any outward signs of disease. Early detection means earlier prevention and treatment. Testing healthy pets during wellness visits will give us your pets normal baseline values to compare to when your pets come in for sick visits and when they begin to grow older.
2. What are the tests you'll run on my pet?
We'll routinely perform a complete blood count (CBC) and a complete blood chemistry panel, including electrolytes and urinalysis.
- The CBC tells us if there is infection, inflammation or anemia (low red blood cell count).
- The chemistry panel and electrolytes tells us if your pet's liver, kidneys, and pancreas are healthy and performing as they should.
- A urinalysis tells us if there's infection or inflammation in the urinary tract - a common problem for pets of all ages.
- A T4 test provides information about your pet's thyroid gland function. This is extremely important because thyroid disease is common in dogs and older cats.
3. Why is it better to have results right away?
Immediate results allow immediate treatment. Some blood testing takes only a few minutes, which can save lives and reduce costs in the long run.
We provide both in-house blood testing and more extensive testing we send out to our lab. For tests that can be run in-house, it lets you be more involved in your pet's care, as you and your veterinarian can discuss the results right away. As for testing that we send out to the lab, we are able to get more comprehensive results in only a few short days. This will provide your Veterinarian with the best information to diagnosis and treat your pet.
If results are abnormal and we need to run more tests there will be fewer trips back and forth to the veterinarian. If the results are normal, your veterinarian can rule out certain diseases right away so you can worry less and that's better for you and your pet.
4. What is a preanesthetic screen and why is it important?
We perform this bloodwork prior to your pet's surgery, dentistry or other procedures that requires anesthesia. It includes all the tests listed above and lets us know if anesthesia is safe for your pet. By scheduling the bloodwork prior to surgery we can get more extensive results in a more cost-effective manner, but we are able to run the test the morning of surgery as well.
If testing same day you'll need to fast your pet the night before anesthesia for the most accurate test results. Testing the same day as surgery means your pet has to skip a meal and you only have to make just one trip to the clinic. We know that's easier for both of you!
If we have concerns after we see the test results, we can either reschedule the surgery for a day when your pet feels better or we can adjust the anesthesia to be safer for your pet that day.