Test Tubes of Blood

Blood Tests for Dogs

Blood work is an essential tool in aiding in the diagnosis of disease. It also helps us tailor your pet’s anesthetic protocol before surgery and is a great way to track the progression of a disease and the effectiveness of a treatment regime.

Why is it important to perform blood tests for dogs?

Blood work is performed on dogs to ascertain whether there is an underlying problem with organ function or blood cells. This information is used to determine treatment, adjust anesthetic needs or delay surgery until the issues can be resolved. Routine or wellness testing when your pet is not showing signs of illness can help us obtain a baseline of normal values. Having a healthy baseline history is very valuable information should your pet ever be faced with illness.

How do I interpret my dog’s blood test results?

Your veterinarian will discuss the results of your pet’s blood tests with you as well as treatment recommendations. If applicable, the need for follow up testing will be brought up.


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Last updated: December 17, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning July 2, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Avon Animal Hospital