So what’s included in Wellness Blood Testing?
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Red Blood Cells: Red blood cells are the most numerous and longest-living of the different types of blood cells. They typically make up almost half of the blood’s volume. RBCs contain a special protein called hemoglobin (HGB) that binds to the oxygen in the lungs and enables the RBCs to transport oxygen as it travels through the rest of the body.
The CBC is used to screen for: anemia, leukemia, inflammation, bleeding problems, infection, inability to fight infection, stress, and hydration status.
Kidneys: Kidneys are responsible for filtering metabolic waste products, excess sodium and water from the blood stream, which are then transferred to the bladder for excretion.
Kidneys - Blood and urine tests can indicate: early renal disease, cancer, renal failure, abnormalities resulting from long-term medication, infection, and stones.
Liver: The liver is a large organ with many different functions. It processes the blood by removing both bacterial and toxins as well as further breaking down many of the complex nutrients absorbed during the digestion of food into much small components for use by the rest of the body.
Liver Biochemistry tests can indicate: liver disease, obstruction of the bile ducts, Cushing’s syndrome, certain cancers, dehydration, and abnormalities resulting from long-term medications
Pancreas: The pancreas is a small organ located near the small intestines and is responsible for producing several digestive enzymes and hormones that help regulate metabolism
Pancreas Biochemistry tests can indicate: Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), abnormalities resulting from long-term medications, diabetes mellitus, and cancer
Glucose: Glucose is the basic nutrient for the body. Glucose changes may be seen with a variety of metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and various organ system abnormalities.
Electrolytes: Electrolytes are critical to the body function and must be maintained in narrow limits. Dehydration is a common cause of electrolyte imbalance.
Urinalysis: Although not a blood test, a urinalysis is essential for a comprehensive evaluation of kidney function. A urinalysis includes physical, chemical, and microscopic evaluation of the urine.
Thyroid: Thyroxine, a hormone produced by the thyroid gland, is essential for growth and metabolism. As your pet ages, thyroid function can become abnormal and cause signs of disease.
Thyroid – Endocrine tests can indicate: hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism