More than likely, your dog or cat will need to have bloodwork done throughout their lifetime. Bloodwork provides us with information about your dog or cat’s internal health. Even when they’re not showing any external signs of illness, bloodwork could detect health issues that we can treat early on.
What is routine bloodwork?
Routine bloodwork like a complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most common types of blood testing we do, which allows us to assess your dog or cat’s overall health. We also test for signs of diseases like cancer, anemia, diabetes and more, which allow us to develop a treatment. If health issues are detected early on, it usually increases your dog or cat’s chances of making a full recovery. We’re also able to determine a baseline of your dog or cat’s health, so we’re able to identify any sudden changes in the future.
What type of information can bloodwork tell you?
Bloodwork can provide details about the health of your dog or cat’s specific organs or systems, including:
- White blood cells - immune system response
- Red blood cells - oxygen levels
- Platelets - blood clotting
- Glucose - diabetes or Cushing’s disease
- Sodium - dehydration
Why is pre-anesthetic testing necessary?
If your dog or cat is doing a procedure like surgery, we’ll likely request bloodwork to ensure their body will respond well to the anesthetic. Surgery can put stress on your dog or cat’s body. Anesthesia is necessary to ensure they’re fully unconscious, which allows us to safely perform the procedure without them moving or experiencing pain. Preanesthetic testing involves taking a blood sample to do a CBC and biochemistry analysis to determine organ function and hydration levels. If you have questions about bloodwork, please contact us at 416-928-6761.