Analysis of components in the blood (or ‘blood work’) and urine (or ‘urinalysis’), can be an important part of the diagnostic process when your pet is ill, and can be an important part of the screening process to make sure that your pet is healthy enough for safe anesthesia. We may recommend a general blood or urine screening so that we can measure a number of components or we may recommend more specific tests that target a specific disease or condition. At Riverview Animal Clinic, we are able to run much of the blood and urine analyses that your pet needs right in our own hospital. For tests that we can’t run, we utilize the services of the local human hospitals or send the samples to specific veterinary diagnostic laboratories (including the laboratory at Washington State University). Whether we analyze the sample in-house or send it out, we can get a quick answer and not lose time when your pet needs immediate care.
For more information on the importance of blood work in general, there are two videos available, one at the American Veterinary Medical Association website at http://atwork.avma.org/2013/06/25/new-video-blood-tests-for-pets/ and one at the Pet Health Network website at http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/video/importance-blood-work-your-dog. There is also a downloadable PDF at https://www.idexx.com/pdf/en_us/smallanimal/practice-management/steps/preventive-brochures-blood-work.pdf.
For information regarding tests that are run and what each test means, you can visit Washington State University at http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/cliented/lab.aspx or Veterinary Partner at http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?=A&S=O&C=O&A=1630