Bloodwork Services for Pets

An essential tool used to diagnose illness and reveal vital health information about our patients.

Your feline or canine’s health is complex and can change at any time. To maintain their overall health your veterinarian will perform different tests such as physical examinations and bloodwork. Bloodwork is an easy and effective diagnostic tool used in veterinary medicine. There aren’t always visible signs that your cat or dog’s health is at risk which is why blood tests are frequently recommended. McPhillips Animal Hospital offers bloodwork in our laboratory as well as other diagnostic testing.

Is bloodwork necessary if my cat or dog is healthy?

Yes, bloodwork is still recommended even when your loyal companion seems healthy. There are various reasons why your veterinarian may run blood tests for a healthy pet:

  1. To establish their baseline line health information. Knowing what their blood levels are when they are healthy tells us what is normal for them and can be used for comparison later on.
  2. To detect unknown illnesses. Your cat or dog may appear healthy on the outside, but a blood test can catch an underlying condition in the early stages. These tests are especially useful when your cat or dog has a weakened immune system.
  3. Pre-anesthetic blood test. Before an operation, we need confirmation that your feline/canine is healthy enough for the surgery. Health issues can lead to anesthesia complications and put them at risk.

What are signs that my cat/ dog is unwell and needs bloodwork?

In most cases, when your loyal companion is symptomatic the veterinarian will conduct a physical exam, followed by a blood test to get an accurate diagnosis. Bloodwork can be used to diagnose anemia, parasitic infections, bleeding disorders, heart disease, pregnancies, and allergies. Here are some signs that your cat or dog needs bloodwork done:

  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea

How can I prepare my feline or canine for a blood test?

In general, we recommend food is withheld from the patient by midnight before their appointment. Eating within the 8 hours prior to a blood test can affect the blood sample which means your cat or dog may need to be retested. We will provide specific preparations for your loyal companion if they have known health conditions, take certain medications, or follow prescribed/medical diets. If you have questions about your cat or dog’s upcoming bloodwork, feel free to call us at 204-589-8381.

How is blood taken from my cat or dog?

Withdrawing blood is simple and quick. Our team is trained to keep your beloved companion calm while ensuring they are comfortable. With the use of a needle, blood will be taken from a vein on the leg or neck.

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