Pet Doctor has recently invested in new set of diagnostic tools. That got us to thinking about why these tests are so important. Pets can't tell us how they are feeling, usually their behavior or how they look tells you something is wrong. Testing blood identifies specific threats in your animal’s system. And now Pet doctor has instant access to a wider array of tests. For example, we no longer send urinalysis samples to a lab, we can now perform the tests in-house. A urinalysis is important because it tells us if there is infection or inflammation in the urinary track, a very time sensitive issue that can now be quickly diagnosed in our clinic.
Blood testing can detect illness before there is any real signs and symptoms, dramatically increasing the likelihood that your pet will make a full and speedy recovery. Common blood tests include the a complete blood count (CBC), chemistry panel, and electrolytes. The CBC tells us if there is infection, inflammation or anemia present in the dogs system. Chemistry panel and electrolytes tell us if your pet's liver, kidneys and pancreas are healthy and performing as they should. We could also perform a T4 test which gives information about your pet’s thyroid.
With our new Abaxis diagnostic machines, we are able to get a return on results much faster and we are able to perform many more different kinds of tests in-house now. Immediate results mean a quicker diagnosis for your pet, and a better chance of a quick recovery.
On a final note, the pre-op blood screen includes some of the tests mentioned above as well as letting us know if there could be negative interactions with the anesthetic used during surgery. This test is important, we always recommend it for pets 7 years or older going into surgery. It is especially important if your pet has never been under anesthesia before. In some circumstances, depending on the health and age of a pet, our surgery team will require a pre-op blood test before they will perform surgery on animal.
We hope this explanation has cleared up some of the key reasons Pet Doctor uses blood work to learn about your pet’s health. We are striving to learn all we can about pet health, and these tools can help!