Pet blood work serves four basic purposes. Veterinarians often recommend it as the initial diagnostic step when a pet is ill or injured. Anesthesia is filtered through the liver and kidneys, so our doctors also test blood before a surgical or dental procedure requiring anesthesia. This reveals when anesthesia is safe for a pet or any modifications that might be required. Same-day tests sometimes eliminate the need for pet fasting.
Blood tests are also a part of pet wellness. They serve as an important preventative tool during recommended annual or bi-annual exams. Finally, blood test results help veterinarians monitor medication and make necessary adjustments.