Blood work testing is another of the cornerstones of animal diagnostics at Valley Veterinary Hospital. Each day at Valley Veterinary Hospital, we see pets that are not their usual playful selves, that cannot express what pain or problems they may be experiencing. Blood chemistries, complete blood counts (CBC), electrolytes, thyroid testing, fecal analysis, and urinalysis can often tell us if your furry family member may have an issue that cannot be seen from the outside.
Blood chemistries indicate how well your pet’s liver, kidney and pancreas function for your pet. A CBC can indicate your pet’s overall health, as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are all determined. Large numbers of red cells can indicate dehydration, while few red cells may mean anemia in an animal. White cell counts which are high may be indicative of leukemia, while few white cells may indicate inflammation or issues with the ability to produce new white cells by the bone marrow. Electrolytes indicate whether an animal is dehydrated. Finally, thyroid testing can indicate a number is diseases including Cushing’s and Addison’s disease. Fecal testing can indicate intestinal parasites that cannot be seen by a physical exam, and can often be spread to humans. Urinalysis can let our doctors know if your pet has certain infections, as well as diabetes.
At Valley Veterinary Hospital, we understand that you have a choice as to who provides healthcare to your pet. Our diagnostic capabilities, as well as experience and compassion, make our hospital an excellent choice in the Shenandoah Valley for the life of your pet. Call one of our caring staff members and schedule an appointment for your furry family member today at 540-433-8387.