Blood Work

Understanding your pet’s blood work

To help you understand your pet’s test results, this guide explains common tests and indices pertinent to animal health.

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

A CBC gives information on hydration status, anemia, infection, the blood’s clotting ability, and the ability of the immune system to respond. This test is essential for pets with fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, pale gums, or loss of appetite. If you pet needs surgery, a CBC can detect bleeding disorders or other unseen abnormalities.

HCT (Hematocrit)

Measures the percentage of red blood cells to detect anemia and dehydration.

Hb or MCHC (Hemoglobin and Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration)

WBC (White Blood Cell Count)

Lymphocytes / Monoctyes / Neutrophils


PTL (Platelet Count)

Blood Chemistries

These common blood serum tests help evaluate organ function, electrolyte status, hormone levels, and more. They are important in evaluating older pets, pets with vomiting and diarrhea or toxin exposure, pets receiving long-term medications, and health before anesthesia.

ALB (Albumin)

Serum protein that helps evaluate hydration, hemorrhage, and intestinal, liver, and kidney disease.

ALKP (Alkaline Phosphatase)

ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase)

AMYL (Amylase)

BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen)

Ca (Calcium)

CHOL (Cholesterol)

Cl (Chloride)

CREA (Creatinine)

GLOB (Globulin)

GLU (Glucose)

K (Potassium)

Na (Sodium

PHOS (Phosphorus)

TBIL (Total Bilirubin)

TP (Total Protein)

T4 (Thyroxine)

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