Bloodwork Services for Pets
Our veterinary team uses bloodwork as a diagnostic tool to figure out exactly what’s going on in your pet’s body. There are a few different reasons our veterinary team might recommend your pet have bloodwork done like during their first veterinary visit, if your pet hasn’t seemed like themselves lately or before surgery. Regardless of the reason, we assure you our team will do our best to make this process as easy for your pet as possible.
Will my pet be uncomfortable during this process?
We try our best to ensure our environment is conducive to your pet’s well-being, so they feel as little discomfort as possible. For example, our examination rooms are cultivated as low stress environments with specific dog and cat pheromones used throughout to minimize any anxiety. We try our best to make the insertion of the needle as quick and painless as possible. If you’re anxious about your pet’s bloodwork, please contact our team at 604.544.7387 so we can find ways to make it as seamless as possible.
Why is bloodwork necessary for my pet?
If your pet hasn’t seemed like themselves lately, bloodwork will help validate any underlying health issues. If your pet is new to our hospital, bloodwork also helps us to establish a baseline of their health and flag any conditions we might notice early on. Since pets age at such a rapid rate, this helps us to keep up-to-date with changes in their health. If your pet has an upcoming surgery, bloodwork helps us ensure they’re at optimal health so their procedure can be executed well, especially if they’re going under anesthesia. Our veterinary team might recommend other diagnostic procedures like a fecal exam along with bloodwork to get a more well-rounded picture of their health.
What does bloodwork detect?
Bloodwork can help us detect a wide range of things including immune system health, which is indicated by the condition of their white blood cells. Their body’s capacity to carry oxygen is reflected in their red blood cell count and the health of specific organs can be traced to chemical levels in their bloodstream.