Here is what we are checking in your pet…
CBC – This provides information on the red and white blood cell counts, as well as platelet counts. A CBC helps us to detect such issues as anemia, infection, or potential bleeding disorders.
Blood Chemistry – This checks various enzymes, liver and kidney values, and a blood glucose level as well. The following are checked in the Blood Chemistry:
• Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) – Elevated levels of this enzyme can coexist with liver disease or injury.
• Alkaline Phosphatase (ALKP) – Enzyme found in liver and bone tissues. Liver disease, Cushing’s syndrome, or steroid therapy can be indicated from elevated levels.
• Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN)– Produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. If elevated, it can indicate kidney disease or dehydration. If low, it could suggest liver disease.
• Creatinine (CREA) – Muscle metabolism by-product, and is excreted by kidneys. If these levels are high, it could mean kidney disease, dehydration, or urinary tract obstruction.
• Blood Glucose (GLU) Most often a sign of diabetes when high (but could also just be stress!), however; could also suggest liver disease, infection, or even certain tumors if the levels are low.
• Total Bilirubin (TBIL) – These levels are useful in indicating liver disease and may even lend a hand in characterizing anemia. Bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin, and is also a component of bile.
• Total Protein (TP) – This can indicate an assortment of conditions, including diseases of the kidney, liver, or intestine, or dehydration.
T4 – A thyroid profile is very important for if left untreated, thyroid disease can have a severe impact on your cat or dog’s health. We need to be sure that thyroid function is normal.