Pet Diagnostics and Blood Work at Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs
A regular physical examination on your pet by a veterinarian may not show much because some diseases show visible signs only when they are in advanced stages. The vet may need to take a closer look at the bones, tissue samples, and organs. At the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, we offer the best pet diagnostics and pet bloodwork services.
What Blood Work Can Help Show
Vets analyze a sample of your pet blood. The test shows the structure, number of blood cells, and determines if the pet has any infection or disease. Red blood cells test determines if your pet is anemic and whether their body is functioning well. White blood cells test determines if there is an allergic reaction or infection while a platelet test determines if the pet has a bone marrow problem or blood clotting disorder.
After pet examination by one of our qualified vets, we determine if the pet needs diagnostic imaging. We then perform services including:
- Ultrasonic imaging
- ECG imaging
- Digital x-rays to look at the bones, intestines, and stomach.
- Dental X-ray to check their gums and teeth
- Chest x-ray to check for lung disorder and fluid buildup
- Fecal smear
- Intestinal parasite screenings, ear screenings, and skin screenings.
Importance of Pet Diagnostics and Blood Work
Pet bloodwork helps with early detection of illness. Pets adapt well to pain and illness. They might not show physical symptoms until the disease is in the advanced stage. Detecting the illness earlier means prevention and treatment that can save your pets life and increase chances of recovery.
Blood tests also help determine normal baselines to compare to in future. Before a pet can start a new medication, they must have routine bloodwork done. The baseline can determine if the medication is working or is aggravating the illness, months after medication began.
Blood Tests in Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic
Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC)
CBC shows the number and type of blood cells your pet’s blood. High white blood cell count may be due to an infection, chronic inflammation, or other diseases. Low red blood cell count could be a sign of anemia.
Blood Chemistry Profile
This test evaluates organ function (kidneys, liver), blood sugar, screening for endocrine disorder and electrolytes. Any abnormalities help with the diagnostics and treatment.
Detects heartworm disease. A blood test will be combined with a fecal examination and urinalysis to get the correct diagnostics.
Do you take your pet for regular bloodwork and diagnostics tests? We offer the first test exam free! In case of any questions, contact our Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic.