Understanding Your Pet's Blood Work
Blood tests help veterinarians determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and let us monitor the progress of your pet's medical treatments. To help you understand your pet's test results, this guide explains common tests.
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 essential for pets with fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, pale gums, or loss of appetite. If your pet needs surgery, a CBC can potentially help detect some bleeding disorders or other unseen abnormalities.
Serum Chemistry Profiles
These common blood serum tests evaluate organ function, electrolye status, and more. They are important in evaluating older pets, pets with vomiting and diarrhea or toxin exposure, pets receiving long-term medications, and the pet's health before anesthesia.
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