Blood tests are an essential part of diagnosing what is ailing your pet, just as they are in human medicine. Blood tests can tell the veterinarian a myriad of things, such as if your pet is diabetic, dehydrated, anemic, or has renal disease.
CBC (or complete blood counts) allow the veterinarian to see counts of different types of blood cells, such as red blood cells, and white blood cells. Red blood cell counts can help determine if your pet is anemic, or dehydrated. White blood cells, work as apart of the immune system.
Chemistries give us values for the kidneys function, liver function, as well as electrolytes. We routinely perform both a CBC, and chemistry prior to surgical events, and when your pet is ill. These test, give your veterinarian insight in to what might be ailing your pet.
Benefits of in-house diagnostics and bloodwork
When your pet is sick, you don't want to wait days to get the results of blood tests and start his or her treatment. We offer both in house blood work, as well as send out labs. Having in house blood work means that you do not have to wait for your pets results.
Having a sick pet can be a scary thing. After all, they are part of the family. Our doctors here at Lake Forest Animal Clinic want to ease some of your anxiety and get your pet on the road to wellness quickly. That's why we've invested in an in-house diagnostic lab. Call us today at (251) 625-1950 to learn more about our in-house testing lab or to make an appointment for your pet.