Complete Blood Count
A complete blood count or CBC is a test to evaluate the cells that make up a patient’s blood. This includes red and white blood cells and platelets. A CBC is recommended as a part of every medical work up as it reveals critical information about your pet’s state of health.
If a patient has significant abnormalities on a CBC, these abnormalities may be followed as often as every 12-24 hours to evaluate response to therapy or change in medical status.
A CBC is done after a small amount of blood is drawn from a vein or intravenous catheter. The blood is analyzed on an in-house automated counter for immediate results. If immediate results are not necessary or if a pathologist review of cells is necessary, blood may be sent to our in-house board certified clinical pathologist to review.