Bloodwork is a helpful diagnostic tool to help us determine your pet’s internal health. Though internal issues might manifest as external symptoms, sometimes the only way to detect health issues is through diagnostic testing. Early diagnosis of health conditions also improves our ability to effectively treat your pet and support their wellbeing.
Why does my pet need bloodwork?
External examination alone isn’t enough for an accurate diagnosis. For health issues that we can’t diagnose visually, we rely on bloodwork to provide additional insight into what’s happening inside your pet’s body. There are a range of reasons your pet could need bloodwork, like if they have an upcoming surgery or during their wellness exam. Pre-surgery bloodwork allows us to assess your pet’s overall health going into a procedure and determine if it’s a good fit. Also, if your pet will be under general anesthesia, bloodwork helps us determine how your pet’s body will respond to the medication. During their wellness exam, bloodwork reveals a general picture of your pet’s health, including any underlying issues that could have manifested between visits.
What can I expect from their results?
Depending on the bloodwork panel requested, it will reveal different aspects of your pet’s health. For example, a Complete Blood Count (CBC) will tell us about your pet’s platelets, red and white blood cells. Less red blood cells could be a sign of anemia while smaller ones could mean immune system problems. The CBC also detects any infections or any abnormalities before your pet’s upcoming surgery.
Do I need to prepare my pet for bloodwork?
Our veterinary team will give you specific instructions on how to prepare your pet before their bloodwork. For example, they may need to be fasted before their appointment. Ensuring they’re well rested and hydrated before we do their bloodwork is also important. If you have questions about your pet’s upcoming bloodwork, please contact us at 613.634.7474.