What does labwork include?
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Tests for anemia, infection, inflammation and the healthiness of blood cells.
- A complete Blood Count is a series of tests that evaluate the number and type of blood cells in circulation. WBC, or white blood cells, helps fight infection or inflammation. RBC, or red blood cells, carries oxygen to the tissues.
- Liver: This group of tests helps evaluate various functions and health of the liver. Decreased liver function, inflammation, infection, or neoplasia of the liver and gall bladder may be detected by one or all of these tests.
- Kidney: These tests monitor the function and health of the kidneys. They are most helpful and sensitive for detecting kidney disease when combined with a urinalysis.
- Pancreas: These tests are abnormal when there is something wrong with the pancreas or carbohydrate Metabolism (examples are diabetes mellitus and pancreatitis).
- Muscle and Bone:
- Calcium and phosphorus are helpful in determining the health of bone metabolism.
- CPK and AST are abnormal with muscle damage, trauma, or inflammation.
- Electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Calcium, and Phosphorus). These tests are important in monitoring the electrical, water balance, and cellular health of the body. Deficiencies or excesses of these electrolytes are harmful to animal’s physical and mental well being.
- Tests for common and easily treatable internal parasites that can pass from pets to people.
- Tests for heartworms, which are parasites that invade a pet’s circulatory system and heart.