Bloodwork is an integral part of your pet’s healthcare. Bloodwork can tell us details about their overall health that wouldn’t be obvious with a physical examination. If your pet has specific symptoms, bloodwork can help us confirm a particular diagnosis or identify a health condition in its early stages. If you have questions, please contact us at 204-346-1429.
What can my pet’s bloodwork tell you about their health?
Once we’ve analyzed your pet’s blood sample, we can gain much information about their overall health. One of the most common types of bloodwork we do for pets is a complete blood count (CBC). A CBC tells us how many white and red blood cells your pet has, indicating immune system health and the ability to carry oxygen throughout the body effectively. Certain chemicals in your pet’s blood can also tell us about issues they have throughout their body. For example, low sodium levels can cause vomiting and diarrhea. High levels of amylase are linked to pancreatitis or kidney disease. Low levels of glucose can cause seizures and a coma.
When do you recommend bloodwork?
There are a few scenarios when our veterinary team recommends that your pet do bloodwork. Bloodwork can help us detect a health issue and determine how we will treat it. Your pet doesn’t necessarily need to have symptoms of an illness for us to recommend bloodwork. It can be helpful for any of the following situations:
- Before surgery
- Heartworm testing
- Before starting a parasite preventive