Our diagnostic laboratory is equipped to perform bloodwork and urinalysis for our patients. When your pet is unwell we use these services to examine their internal systems and assess their overall health. Bloodwork can detect many health issues even when there aren't any symptoms as pets can often hide them. Blood tests can diagnose allergies, organ malfunction, parasitic infections, bleeding disorders, diabetes, and more.
What is bloodwork?
Bloodwork involves a series of tests to detect illness and determine treatment, or assess your pet's overall health. Your pet's blood test results will reveal their blood chemistries and their complete blood count (CBC). Both of these are related to their immune response and organ function. We recommend bloodwork for the following reasons:
- To diagnose your pet's symptoms. Vomiting, weight loss, pale skin, fever, etc. are just some symptoms that are looked into with blood tests.
- To learn your pet's baseline health. If your pet is healthy, a blood test can reveal their normal health levels which can be used for comparison when they aren't well.
- To assess your pet's response to anesthesia. Blood tests can show how well their organ's function, which helps determine how much anesthesia can be used safely during surgeries.
- Your pet is starting a new medication. The blood tests will indicate how this new medication will interact with their system.
How often should my pet have bloodwork?
At least once every year is standard for most cats/dogs to have bloodwork. During your pet's annual or semi-annual veterinary exam, the veterinarian may recommend that they have some bloodwork done.
How is blood drawn from cats and dogs?
Our team is trained to keep pets calm and comfortable while drawing blood. We make the process fairly quick and easy. A sample is usually taken from your pet's vein on their neck or leg. It doesn't cause much pain for your loyal companion.