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One of the major challenges we face in veterinary medicine is that our patients simply can't tell us what problems they are experiencing. We rely on your observations at home as well as a thorough physical exam to help us find the reason for current problems or to identify chronic issues as early as possible. Because of this, especially if you are bringing your pet in for a health issue or if some problems have come up during your annual wellness exam, we often recommend blood work for your pet.
What does blood work tell us? There are many customized panels we can choose from that can give us specific information based on your pet's needs, but a minimum database includes a CBC, a chemistry analysis, and a urinalysis.
For urgent problems where we need answers right away, we are able to run most blood panels in-house. For basic screening or for animals who are otherwise stable, we will send blood out to a professional lab where board certified pathologists are on hand to review the results. This also gives us the capability of running specialized panels for thyroid disease, intestinal diseases, tick borne illnesses, or diseases of the immune system. The lab can also culture urine samples if we are concerned about potentially resistant bacteria. For basic panels, the results come back to us the next day. Some other tests may take longer and we will call you as soon as we have the information.
We also run basic blood screens in-house on the morning of surgeries or dental cleanings for your pet. This lets us check for hidden problems which may interfere with a safe anesthesia and allows us to tailor medications and anesthetic protocols just for your animal.
What are some indications to run blood work for your pet?
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet's health!