Blood testing is often the first line of diagnostic testing and there is some information about your pet’s health that can only be revealed from blood samples. This routine procedure his performed daily by our specialized team and we will be cautious about your pet’s comfort at all times.
Why is bloodwork so important?
Bloodwork evaluations are a part of a diagnostic work up and helps the veterinarian provide your pets with the best treatment options regarding the issue. The rapidity in obtaining the lab results is valuable for animals needing immediate care, treatment and surgery. For example, bloodwork can alert us if your pets are anemic, if they contracted an infection, and can also help your pets before surgeries and other procedures.
How is bloodwork done on pets?
The procedure is very similar to humans and the entire process is usually done within a few seconds. A small needle is inserted into your pet’s vein to draw their blood and the location varies on each different pet. In dogs, the front leg and neck are the more common areas locations that the blood will be withdrawn.
How do I interpret my pet’s blood test results?
Blood test results can be confusing to interpret, this is why your veterinarian will analyze the results for you and explain everything in detail. We will be able to answer all of your questions regarding your pet’s health.
How long does it take to get the blood test results?
There are many different tests that can be done on a blood sample and the time it takes to get the results varies depending on the test performed. Your veterinary team will be able to tell you approximately how long you will need to wait for the results.
How often should blood tests be done?
It is recommended to do preventive blood work annually. If your pet has a medical condition or if they are taking medication, your veterinarian will probably recommend more frequent blood tests. In addition, doing blood work before any anesthesia ensures there have been no changes in your pet’s health and can diagnose the presence of a condition that could increase the risk associated with anesthesia.