Blood Sampling Of Your Pets
Pets can’t tell us when they’re ill - that’s where lab tests like blood analyses come in.
Even pets that appear happy and healthy can have hidden medical problems that might grow serious, even life-threatening, if left undetected.
Blood tests are essential for identifying diseases at the earliest – most treatable – stage possible.
The importance of blood tests
Detection through blood tests helps prevent and treat potentially dangerous illnesses.
Sick or senior pets often have more than one disease affecting them, complicating diagnosis
and treatment. Blood tests can help pinpoint the problems.
Some medications can harm pets with underlying problems like kidney or liver disease. Blood tests can ensure your pet is healthy enough to take the medication.
Even in young and healthy pets, lab testing gives us a valuable baseline picture of what represents good health for your individual pet.
What does a blood test look for?
Standard blood test panels for dogs and cats routinely check for many problems, commonly:
A Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC) provides important information about the types and
number of blood cells in your pet’s blood. A low red blood cell count, for example, indicates
anemia, while a high white blood cell count can indicate an infection, chronic inflammation
or other disease process.
A Blood Chemistry Profile is particularly important for evaluating organ function (e.g., liver, kidneys), electrolytes, blood sugar, screening for presence of an endocrine disorder, etc. Any abnormalities will help us decide on further diagnostic tests or treatments.
For a more complete picture, we will often combine a blood panel with other tests, such as a urinalysis and fecal examination.
We may recommend a blood test:
Before anesthesia is administered, as an essential part of patient evaluation before a medical procedure or surgery.
As part of your pet’s annual exam, to spot problems as early as possible and to develop a baseline picture of your pet’s “healthy values.”
If we suspect a health problem and need additional information to make an accurate or complete diagnosis.
Whenever we recommend medications that might be contraindicated if your pet has certain underlying diseases.
How blood samples are collected:
Any needed blood samples are usually collected during an appointment with the vet.
In some cases, however, blood samples need to be drawn at specific times over an extended period. Your pet might need to stay at the surgery for a few hours or, in certain circumstances, overnight.
Most blood samples are taken from either the Jugular Vein in the neck or the Cephalic Vein in the front fore leg. A small patch of fur will need to be removed so that the vein becomes more viable.
Most Blood tests require that your pets are starved for around 12 hours but your vet will inform you about the specific requirement needed for your pets blood test.
At our practices we can perform most blood tests in house but some maybe required to be sent to our external laboratory for further testing that we can not do. The results are sent to us and we will contact you as soon as we can with the results and diagnosis.
Please speak to your vet regarding prices of the tests that they wish to be performed.
Daleside Veterinary Surgery
309-311 Liverpool Road
Tel: 01704 575606
Churchside Veterinary Surgery
5a Preston New Road
Tel: 01704 225105
Formby Veterinary Surgery
113 Church Road
Tel: 01704 877145
Maghull Veterinary Surgery
55 Liverpool Road South
Tel: 0151 531 7719
Out of Hours Emergency Cover
Barn Lodge Veterinary Hospital
54a Southport Road
01695 572 837