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.