Blood Tests for Dogs
At the Southampton Pet Hospital, our veterinary team is trained and equipped to perform in-clinic bloodwork. Our equipment ensures that we can have your pet’s blood work results in as little as 20 minutes. Rapid results provide our vets with more information to properly evaluate the health of your dog and provide information to make treatment decisions.
Why is it important to perform blood tests for dogs?
There are a number of reasons to analyze an animal’s blood. It may be an early indication of disease before it would be detected by a physical exam as in our wellness profiles. It can ensure organs and blood cells are able to endure anesthetic and surgery as in our pre-anesthetic blood work. It can be used to look for dangerous infections like heartworm, Lyme, or Erhlichia. We also can send out samples to external labs for more specialized testing such as Leptospirosis, progesterone levels, etc. Basically, blood tests are another tool we have to prevent or treat disease in your dog.
How do I interpret my dog’s blood test results?
You will not be asked to interpret your test results – interpretation is just as important as sampling technique. A member of our veterinary health team will review any test performed and give context as to how the result applies to your dog.