When Is Blood Work Necessary?
In sick and emergency situations
Blood work provides you with valuable information regarding your pet’s health and is often the first step in trying to determine what is causing a pet’s symptoms. Blood work helps our veterinary staff make immediate decisions about your pet’s treatment plan, so we can quickly help your pet.
A preanesthetic blood panel is required prior to your pet’s surgery, dentistry, or other procedure that requires anesthesia. It lets our doctors know if anesthesia is safe for your pet and allows them to make adjustments if they see anything abnormal. This blood work is performed the same day as the anesthetic procedure, making it easy for you and your pet because it eliminates the need to have your pet fast more than once and reduces the number of trips you need to make to the hospital.
Preventive care screening
Because the signs that your pet is sick are not always obvious, preventive care testing is often recommended as part of your pet’s annual exam. Preventive care screening not only uncovers disease before it’s too late, but can also help you avoid significant medical expenses and risks to your pet’s health.
Some medications can have side effects and periodic blood work while your pet is being treated can catch these problems early and allow our doctors to make necessary changes to your pet’s treatment plan. With other medications, blood tests are needed to ensure that the
dosage is appropriate.