Although your pet may seem completely healthy, there may be underlying health issues they are not displaying. Bloodwork is simply a diagnostic test that involves analyzing a sample of your pet's blood to evaluate their overall health and detect any underlying medical conditions. To book an appointment, please call us at 204-728-0033.
Do pets need bloodwork?
Bloodwork is often recommended as part of a routine wellness exam for pets, particularly as they age. It can also be helpful in diagnosing medical conditions that may not have obvious symptoms, allowing for earlier treatment and better outcomes. Pre-anesthetic testing is also often required before pets undergo anesthesia for a surgical or dental procedure to evaluate their overall health and ensure they can safely undergo anesthesia. Your veterinarian can provide guidance on whether bloodwork is necessary for your pet based on their age, medical history, and overall health.
What does bloodwork test for in my pet?
Bloodwork can test for a wide range of parameters to evaluate their overall health. Here are some of the most common parameters that are tested:
- Complete blood count (CBC): Measures the number and types of blood cells. Abnormalities in any of these cells can indicate anemia, infection, or blood disorders.
- Blood chemistry: Measures levels of various chemicals in the blood, with abnormalities displaying possible liver/kidney disease, diabetes, or other medical conditions.
- Thyroid function: Measures level of thyroid hormones to evaluate thyroid function and diagnose conditions such as hypo- or hyperthyroidism.
- Coagulation test: Measures how well the patient's blood clots and can detect abnormalities in the blood clotting process.
- Infectious disease testing: Tests for the presence of infectious agents, such as heartworm or Lyme disease.
- Pre-anesthetic testing: Evaluates overall health and ensures pets can safely undergo anesthesia.