Chemistry and hematology blood tests provide a detailed look at your pet's health. There are many conditions that cannot be diagnosed by looking, listening, or touching. Routine blood tests can provide useful indicators of the function and health of your pet's internal systems. We can do a lot of bloodwork in-house, but we have a very comprehensive lab company we can also send bloodwork out to for further analysis.
IN-HOUSE LAB WORK
Why we recommend pre-anesthetic health screening...
The use of sedatives and general anesthesia for procedures is common and considered safe, but there are potential risks even for a young, healthy animal. Age, pre-existing medical conditions, and the stress of surgery and anesthesia can increase the risk of complications. Therefore, knowledge of a patient's complete health status prior to any procedure requiring sedation or anesthesia is not just good medicine, it is critical to help ensure a successful outcome. Identifying underlying conditions will enable your veterinarian to select the best combination of drugs, fluid therapy, and monitoring tools, ultimately reducing the risk of complications with your pet.
The mini-panel/prescreen gives us a brief look at kidney and liver health to determine if the patient needs further evaluation prior to anesthesia. The prescreen also lets us check to make sure the patient is well hydrated and will help determine whether there is any evidence of infection or other illnesses that are not obvious during the physical exam. Prescreening allows a more thorough assessment than a physical exam alone and reduces anesthetic risks. We also use this to evaluate treatment methods, and progression of diseases in our kids.
The full CBC/Panel lets us evaluate major organ health more completely, including multiple tests to evaluate kidney and liver function. It also allows us to further evaluate the patient for other diseases of the pancreas, adrenal gland, and many other conditions which we cannot evaluate with a mini-panel. The full-panel gives us a much more complete evaluation of the patient's overall health and helps us see conditions which could compromise the patient while under anesthesia or need further evaluation prior to anesthesia. We certainly also use this to evaluate overall health if an animal comes into us ill.
We also work closely with the IDEXX labratory who can do any type of test for us, so I do occasionally send samples out to be tested. They offer us some awesome deals on routine blood panels for our kids! I am starting to encourage routine blood monitoring for all our creatures. I send bloodwork in every year on my own creatures, if something goes wrong, I can certainly monitor the issues here. The grouping they offer though is such a good pricing deal. Group testing on healthy animals is best sent through the lab. Dr. Rizzo will call to discuss these results also, and can email result copies if you would like.