Blood Tests for Dogs
There are two different types of blood work that our veterinarians will recommend. The first is called a pre-anesthetic panel which is recommended before a surgery. Anesthesia is one of the risks of surgery, so we want to ensure there are no potential complications. This panel checks organ functions, electrolyte levels, white blood cells and red blood cells. The pre-anesthetic panel is recommended at the time of a spay or neuter or anytime your dog goes under anesthetic. The pre-anesthetic panel also provides a baseline for a young healthy dog in case they become ill later in life.
The second type of blood work is a senior blood panel and is recommended when your dog is 7 years or older. Your dog ages 7 years every 1 human year which means there can be many medical changes that can occur in one year. A senior blood panel checks organ functions, electrolytes, platelets, proteins, glucose, white blood cells, red blood cells, and thyroid levels. This panel provides much needed valuable information for our veterinarians and is also recommended if your dog becomes ill.
Why are blood tests for dogs important?
Blood tests performed on your dog are important in many ways for their health. It helps our veterinarians catch disease processes early and if the blood work is normal it provides our veterinarians with a baseline should your dog become ill. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding blood work for your dog and we will be happy to discuss the benefits of bloodwork.
How do I understand the blood test results?
Our Registered Veterinary Technologists will go over the blood work with you once it’s completed to ensure you understand the results and we will work with you to make an effective treatment plan. The staff at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital are available to answer any questions about your dog’s blood work results.