Blood tests are performed on pets just like they are performed on people. With the use of these tests, a pet doctor can provide you with information about your pet's health. This information allows our veterinarian to paint a complete picture of your pet's wellbeing. At Fort Hunt Animal Hospital, our veterinarian in Alexandria performs pet exams, blood work, and other veterinary services. If you are considering getting blood work done for your animal, here's what you need to know.
Blood Tests Help Reveal a Diagnosis
When you want to diagnose a health condition in your pet, blood tests are crucial. The results of bloodwork allow our veterinarian to determine whether or not your pet has a variety of ailments including anemia, cancer, dehydration, or kidney disease. A quick diagnosis through blood work will allow for quick treatment and prevent the issue from worsening.
Blood Tests Can Be Quick
When you visit our animal hospital with its lab, you do not need to wait days for the results of blood tests to come in. When you need to decide on a treatment option for your pet, these fast results can be extremely beneficial.
Which Blood Tests Are Useful?
One blood test used by our pet doctor is a test of the red blood cells. Red blood cells are used to detect specific issues like dehydration, anemia, and oxygen capacity. This test is used to provide an overall picture of your pet's health. Our veterinarian will also test white blood cells to test immune system function and detect infection. Both of these blood tests are performed as part of regular pet exams. Senior pets with existing health concerns especially benefit from bloodwork.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Alexandria for Pet Bloodwork
At Fort Hunt Animal Hospital, we have been providing Alexandria residents with reliable veterinary care for many years. Pet bloodwork is an important aspect of our practice that allows our veterinarian to produce the most accurate possible diagnosis. For more information on conditions potentially revealed by bloodwork or to schedule a pet exam, call us today at (703) 360-6100.