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When should you perform standard or extended blood tests on your dog or cat? How much does it cost?

Blood tests are the most commonly requested additional tests in dogs and cats. In some cases, a clinical examination is insufficient to diagnose an illness, and further testing is required. The basic blood test includes a complete blood count and approximately seven biochemical parameters (depending on the laboratory) such as albumin, ALT, AP, AST, total protein, glucose, creatinine, urea, globulin, and the albumin to globulin ratio.

The extended blood test contains a complete blood count and about 15 biochemical parameters (depending on the laboratory), such as ALT, albumin, AP, AST, inorganic phosphorus, total protein, total bilirubin, cholesterol, chloride, creatinine, glucose, GLDH, urea, potassium, sodium, calcium, globulin, and the ratio of albumin to globulin.

The functioning of internal organs can be determined by biochemical tests, and the complete blood count provides information on morphotic components (erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets), their size, and their structural characteristics (MCV, MCH, and MCHC), as well as the number and proportion of different types of white blood cells.

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When should I perform a blood test on my cat or dog?

These tests should be performed at least once a year on our pets, and every six months on older animals. Furthermore, if you are concerned about your pet's behavior or appearance, you should consult a veterinarian, who will determine whether additional tests are required. In cases of illness, preventive blood tests can detect diseases of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and other organs early and monitor treatment progress.

What is the procedure for collecting blood samples from animals?

A veterinarian or technician collects the samples. The owner is usually asked to hold the animal. The vet or technician will show you how to hold your pet properly so that the collection procedure is as quick and stress-free as possible. Blood is typically drawn from the front or back paw, and less frequently from the neck. The puncture site will be shaved to keep the collection clean and the blood vessels more visible. Then a tourniquet will be applied to improve vessel filling, and blood will be collected, most commonly by inserting a needle into a vein. Following the collection, a pressure dressing will be applied and should be removed within 10–15 minutes. After the blood collection, reward your pet with his favorite treat.


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