This typically results in a better prognosis for the patient. Screenings also allow us to establish baseline values to determine what represents “good health” for each individual patient.
At Orting Animal Hospital, we rely on routine blood screening to check for several things. A complete blood cell count, or CBC, lets us know how many of each type of cell is in your pet’s blood. If, for example, your pet has a high white blood cell count, it could indicate that they are suffering from chronic inflammation or an infection. A low red blood cell count, on the other hand, suggests anemia.
A blood chemistry profile allows us to evaluate organ function, particularly of the liver and kidneys. This profile also provides us with details regarding your pet’s blood sugar and electrolyte levels and allows us to screen for endocrine disorders like diabetes. Any abnormalities in your pet’s blood tests help us determine what additional tests and treatments are required.