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Blood Tests

When pets are ill they can’t tell us what’s wrong.   That is why blood testing is important.   Blood tests can be used to detect, and, therefore, prevent potentially dangerous illnesses.   Sick or elderly animals often have more than one disease process affecting them at the one time, complicating diagnosis and treatment.   Blood tests can help pinpoint specific problems.   In addition, some medications can be harmful if your pet has certain underlying conditions, such as kidney or liver disease.   In such cases your veterinarian may perform blood tests to make sure your pet is healthy enough to take the medication.   Even in young and healthy pets, laboratory testing can help your veterinarian establish a baseline picture of what represents good health for your pet.

Your veterinarian may recommend a blood test
• Before anaesthesia
• A health problem is suspected
• Before certain medications that might be contraindicated if he or she has underlying diseases
• To establish a baseline picture of what represents good health

Tests and what they tell us-

• A complete blood cell count (CBC) provides important information about the types and number of blood cells.   A low number of red blood cells can indicate anaemia while a high number of white blood cells can indicate infection, chronic inflammation or other disease processes

• A blood chemistry profile is important for evaluating organ function (e.g. liver, kidneys), for checking blood glucose levels, electrolyte levels and any endocrine disorders that may be present

blood tubes

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