2750 New Salem Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
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Blood Work

Why does my pet need bloodwork?

Pets can't say how they're feeling - it's usually how they look or act that tells you something is wrong. You play a key role in helping your pet combat illness and stay as healthy as possible. Awareness of the warning signs and regular preventive health screens, including a physical exam and blood work, are the best ways to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy and happy life.

Diagnostic bloodwork is one tool that gives us insite into your pet's past, present, and future. This testing reveals an amazing amount of information about your pet's state of wellness and provides us a baseline for future comparison. This information is vital as pets get older and diseases become more common. Combining bloodwork with your pet's yearly wellness exams greatly enhances our ability to diagnose your pet's changing health needs in a very detailed manner.

What do the tests tell us?

Complete blood count (CBC)- tells us if your pet has an infection, if inflammation is present, or if your pet is anemic. CBC's help us screen for:

  • Anemia (low red blood cells)
  • Leukemia
  • Bleeding problem
  • Inflammation
  • Inability to fight infection
  • Infection
  • Hydration status
  • Electrolytes
  • Platelets

Complete blood chemistry panel
- including electrolytes provides information about your pet's liver, kidneys, and pancreas, as well as other functions of the body, such as blood sugar and hydration. Chemistry panels can help us diagnose:

  • Early renal disease
  • Renal failure
  • Infection
  • Cancer
  • Abnormalities resulting from long term medications
  • Liver disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diabetes

- helps us identify infection, inflammation, stones, and crystals in the urinary tract as well as to monitor kidney function.

Thyroid function test
- detects whether or not your pet's thyroid gland is functioning properly based on thyroxine (T4) hormone level. Thyroid disease is very common in older cats and dogs. Some examples of diseases these tests screen for:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism

4 Dx Plus Heartworm Test
- checks for heartworm disease as well as these common tick diseases: Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma.

When can I expect my pet's results?

For urgent issues and illnesses we have the capabilities to run lab work in our hospital. Most of these results can be obtained in less than an hour. This allows prompt results when a pet's health is compromised.

For routine testing we send our lab work to IDEXX reference lab and expect results within 5-7 business days. By sending lab test to an outside lab we are able to get more results at a reduced cost to you.

2750 New Salem Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37128

P: 615-896-3434
F: 615-896-9503
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