Understanding Your Pet’s Blood Test Results
FULL BLOOD TEST
Blood tests can help us to (i) identify problems not easily determined on clinical examination, (ii) determine causes of some illnesses, (iii) rule problems out, (iv) monitor the progress of certain conditions and (v) evaluate the progress of medical treatments. This guide explains common tests in order to help you better understand your pet’s blood test results.
Haematology/Complete Blood Count (CBC)
This is a common blood test performed on pets and people. It gives information on hydration status, anaemia, infection, the blood’s clotting ability and the ability of the immune system to respond. This test is especially helpful for pets with fevers, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, pale gums or loss of appetite. If your pet needs surgery, a CBC can detect bleeding disorders or other unseen abnormalities.
These blood serum tests evaluate organ function and electrolyte status. They are important in evaluating older pets, health before anaesthesia, pets with vomiting and diarrhoea or poison exposure and pets receiving long-term medication.