When an exam isn't enough to determine the cause of your pet's maladies, blood chemistry is a good start. A shift in average blood chemistry is a good indication for your pet's problems, allowing our doctor to reach a diagnosis with greater ease. Also, after getting a blood profile done, it is clear to us whether or not we can undergo procedures that require anesthesia, like dentals. By doing blood work, we are able to meet your pet's needs to a higher degree. Below we've recorded each profile as per their individual benefits and recommendations.
- Recommended for 5 years of age or less
- Basic blood glucose, kidney, and liver enzymes
- Incudes everything from the Profile #1
- Recommended for between 5-7 years old
- Checks calcium levels
- Urine/protein creatinine ratio, which basically helps detect early kidney problems that may not have been significant enough to be detected on Pro#1
- Includes everything from Profile #2
- Recommended for 8+ years of age
- Checks lipase, pancreatic functions
- Checks phospherous, additional electrolytes, and liver enzymes
**We can also do more specific blood profiles in hospital including: adrenal function, bile acid, thyroid, heartworm, parvovirus, giardia, and phenobarbital testing.**
If you're curious about our blood profiles and what they are for, click this link.
In our hospital we use Idexx software and equipment for analyzing blood. Machines we use include the SNAP Pro™ Mobile Device, the IDEXX VetLab® Station, the IDEXX ProCyte Dx® Hematology Analyzer, the IDEXX LaserCyte® Haematology Analyser, the Catalyst Dx® Chemistry Analyser, the SNAPshot Dx® Analyser, and the VetStat® Electrolyte and Blood Gas Analyzer. If you're curious about these machines, go ahead and take a peek here.
We also perform send-out panels as needed and requested.