Blood Work is important to wellness in your petsWhen we request a blood work panel, which includes a complete blood count and chemistry profile, the results are among the most important data we collect to ensure the wellness and longevity of your pet. When performed in conjunction with an annual physical exam, they help ensure your pet’s quality of life.

A CBC and chemistry profile help us diagnose illness or injury, many of which display no symptoms and go undetected without these tests.

What Does Complete Blood Count and Chemistry Profile Mean in Blood Work?

CBC and chemistry profiles give us an overview of many of your pet’s bodily functions.  We combine this information with physical exam findings, and medical history, to assess your pet’s health.  Depending on indications, test results help us rule out or rule in favor of additional tests.

The CBC detects dehydration, anemia (inadequate red blood cell count), and infection.  Complete blood count measures the quantity and quality of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

Results of a complete blood count may list abbreviations for various tests including:

HCT is the hematocrit, which indicates how many red blood cells are present. A low HCT might indicate anemia, and a high HCT could indicate dehydration.

WBC is the total white blood cell count. Infection or inflammation may be detected by looking at this test result.

EOS (eosinophils) are white blood cells that tend to increase in number when the body is dealing with an allergy problem or various parasites.

PLT is the quantity of platelets (also called the platelet count). Platelets are involved in the body’s blood clotting process.