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Blood Test for Dogs

Blood Tests for Dogs

Blood screening tests such as complete blood counts, viral testing and serum chemistry for measuring internal organ functions are performed off-site at IDEXX Laboratories. We use this facility for their high quality of service, excellent quality control, and their ability to provide results quickly. Often, test results are available later the same day or early the following day.

Why is it important to perform blood tests for dogs?


Blood tests are recommended for a variety of reasons for both sick and well pets. The veterinarian will determine the appropriate blood test panels to run for each patient based on their health status, age, medical history and lifestyle. All our surgical patients are pre-screened for internal organ function such as liver and kidney performance. This helps us to determine how well they can tolerate surgical procedures and eliminate anesthetic drugs from their system. We use this information to customize an anesthetic protocol for each patient. For middle age and senior dogs, we recommend Wellness blood test panels so that we can monitor for changes in the performance of their internal organs as they age. Early detection of disease can provide you with the opportunity to treat and potentially slow the progression of the disease. Annual 4DX parasite testing is recommended in the spring for all our canine patients to screen them for exposure to heartworm or tick born illnesses.

How do I interpret my dog’s blood test results?


Your veterinarian will review all test results and follow-up with a phone call to explain them along with any other recommendations. You are welcomed and encouraged to ask questions. An electronic copy of the test results can be provided upon request.

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Last updated: April 14, 2021

To our valued clients,

Our hospital is currently operating with limited staff. There are no doctors available this week, but we continue to be available for food and prescription pick-up.

Due to this, we have temporarily reduced our hours of operation until further notice. We are also experiencing an influx of emails and calls and are doing our best to get back to you as soon as possible. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Note: On April 16, 2021, we will be open until 4:00 pm. On April 17, 2021, we will be CLOSED.

    We ask that you continue to be kind to all of our team members. Please know that we are working tirelessly to return to regular programming for you and your cherished pets.

    - The team at Annex Animal Hospital