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Bloodwork Services for Pets

Your pet’s bloodwork contains components that reveal the condition of their health. It lets us track their cell count, platelets (cells that form blood clots) and proteins in their system. Often these results can show signs of underlying medical conditions in their organs. They can even expose parasites in your pet’s system. Ask us about your pet’s bloodwork at your next visit. You can book an appointment by calling 905.597.7373.

Are blood tests mandatory for pets?

Since our pets can’t speak, they cannot tell us if they feel unwell. In fact, they may not even show signs of internal issues. Pets will actively mask signs of illness until their condition worsens. This stems from survival instincts in a pack or colony situation. We need to examine them and run routine screening tests to detect underlying diseases before they create long-term damage.

How often should my pet have their blood tested?

When your pet comes in for a veterinary exam, we will always do a blood test. This helps us monitor their health and detect the early signs of disease. We prefer to do a blood test every 6 months. We have even created a chart that shows the screening tests recommended for each stage of their life.

Every 12 months

  • Baseline Blood Profile: A small blood test checking internal organ health
  • ​​Annual Health Profile: A blood test checking red and white blood cell counts and a more comprehensive internal organ screen
  • Senior Health Profile: A comprehensive internal organ screen, including thyroid testing, electrolytes, urine specific gravity and red and white cell counts

    Every 6 months

  • Urine Specific Gravity (a urine test to check how well the kidneys concentrate urine)
  • Urine Specific Gravity +/- Urine Dipstick
  • Golden Years Health Profile (comprehensive internal organ screen including thyroid testing, electrolytes and red and white cell counts)

    We believe these tests give us the best chance of helping your pet live a longer, healthier life. Once your pet is diagnosed with a medical condition, we will continue to do bloodwork so we can keep track of their condition. We will know if their medication is helping them or if an alternate treatment is more suitable for them.

    What is a pre-anesthetic blood screening?

    This is a blood test that we perform prior to surgery. It tests the organ functions, blood counts and clotting function of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening assures your pet’s safety during surgery and their ability to heal following the procedure.