In the early stages of diseases, pets may not exhibit and show signs of illness. A blood test allows us to learn information about your dog’s health which can only be found from collecting a sample of blood and having it analyzed. Blood testing will enable us to detect illness as early as possible so we can address problems and implement treatments to slow disease progression.
Why is it important to perform blood tests for dogs?
Information obtained from blood tests helps to prevent and treat potentially dangerous illnesses. For example, sick or senior pets often have more than one chronic disease affecting them, complicating diagnosis and treatment. Blood tests can help reveal these problems. Additionally, 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. Younger and healthy pets may also benefit from lab testing which gives us a valuable baseline of what represents good health for your pet.
How do I interpret my dog’s blood test results?
Your veterinarian will interpret laboratory tests in light of the entire assessment of your pet. Sometimes, laboratory tests need to be repeated to evaluate trends which may provide more information than the measurement of a single test.