Blood tests allow us to detect a disease at its earliest possible stage and slow its progress. Early treatment can maximize your pet’s comfort and give you the time you need to go over the treatment options with your veterinarian. Our animal hospital is equipped with a full lab, meaning that we can get results and make diagnoses very quickly.
How blood testing works
We typically draw blood from the vein in the animal’s front paw or from the jugular vein in their neck. Depending on the test, your pet might need to fast beforehand (your veterinarian will inform you if so). We will disinfect the area, apply slight pressure and insert the needle into the vein. Your pet will feel a mild discomfort for a few seconds.
If your pet is distressed and uncooperative, they may need to be sedated for everyone’s safety.
How often blood work should be done
If your pet is vomiting, has a fever or lack of appetite, or shows signs of weakness, we will run a blood test to identify the problem. We also carry out pre-surgery blood tests to verify your pet’s overall health and detect any potential blood-clotting issues. We recommend annual blood work for senior dogs and cats.
Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on what’s best for your pet.
Blood tests for geriatric animals (7 and older)
Geriatric blood testing includes biochemical analysis (organ function), thyroid hormone testing and hematology (hydration levels, possible anemia, infection or inflammation).
While geriatric blood work is comprehensive, additional testing may be required. If the test results are normal, we will keep them on file as a reference for future blood work.