Blood tests are one of the most essential tools in a veterinarian’s toolkit. What a vet can’t diagnose with the naked eye is quickly caught in a blood test. From spotting parasites in the bloodstream, detecting infections and diseases, to understanding a pet’s immune response, blood tests provide vital information for diagnosing and treating diseases. Blood tests are used in conjunction with a veterinarian’s physical examination to understand what might be causing your pet’s discomfort. For more information about our bloodwork services, contact us at (416) 362-9696.
When would a veterinarian suggest getting bloodwork done?
Bloodwork is conducted in three instances:
- During regular veterinary exams as a preventative measure.
- Before administering anesthesia for surgeries. This is done to check if pets are ideal surgical candidates.
- Ordered when pets show symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, acting abnormally, etc., to find out what might be affecting their health.
How long does it take to get results back from a blood test?
Test results are often available within 24 hours of conducting the test. Some tests might take longer due to the complexity. Our veterinarians will call you once the results are received to discuss the next steps.
How should I prepare my pet for a blood test?
Depending on the test, you might be asked not to feed your pet for a certain number of hours beforehand. If your pet is on a medication, the veterinarian might ask you to schedule a test before or after the medication is administered. Based on the kind of test and your pet’s condition, the doctor will discuss pre-test requirements with you.
If your pet is afraid of needles or gets anxious visiting the vet, you need not worry. At our hospital, we use plug-in diffusers with pheromones to help all our patients feel calm and safe during every visit.