Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Can Your Pet Benefit From Blood Work?

Lab tests are expensive and often pet owners may subconsciously delay doing the necessary tests due to the cost. But bloodwork is extremely important, especially if you have an older pet. A blood test can help your pet in many ways. A CBC test, also known as a complete blood count, is the most common blood test done by veterinarians. It is usually suggested prior to surgeries, as part of a yearly wellness exam, and every 6 months as part of senior wellness checkups. Bloodwork can be the first step in detecting health issues like kidney and liver disease, cancer and pancreatitis. It can provide your veterinarian (and you) a snapshot picture of how your pet's organs are functioning. Even if you have a young pet, a blood test is important to establish a baseline. Bloodwork can be expensive but they can help you address health issues early on and give you more time with your pet.