Blood Tests for Dogs

Blood testing is one of the most simple and frequently utilized forms of diagnostics performed in the veterinary clinic. At West Hill Animal Clinic, we have the capability to run blood work in the clinic, although most testing is sent to an outside laboratory.

Why are blood tests for dogs important?

Blood testing is used to assess for evidence of many things including: infection, organ dysfunction, viruses, and some cancers. Blood testing is typically performed in one of two scenarios: 1. To diagnose disease in sick animals 2. As a form of preventative medicine. We routinely run pre-anesthetic blood prior to every surgery to ensure that each patient is a good surgical candidate and we recommend annual bloodwork in our senior pets as a screen for early disease detection. When taking blood, the animal is restrained and blood is taken from an appropriate vein. On average, a maximum of 3 milliliters of blood is required to run most tests.

How do I understand the blood test results?

Once the results are received, the veterinarian will scan the bloodwork for abnormalities and call to discuss the findings to help you understand them.



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Welcome Dr. Rebecca!

Introducing Dr. Rebecca Hu, DVM, B.Sc. our new Clinic Veterinarian.Graduating Year: I had the pleasure of attending veterinary school on the beautiful island of St. Kitts! I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in December 2017.Joined the Clinic in: January 2018Areas of interest: Animal behavior/training, nutrition, rehabilitation, dentistry, neurology and surgery, to name a few!My favourite thing about the Clinic: Our clinic is like a well-oiled machine! There was a lot of anxiety coming in as a new graduate, but my fears were quickly extinguished thanks to this amazing team! And then there’s Buster and Tyson – a little snuggle time with these sweet boys gives me just what I need to keep going!My first pet: Starling, a Coconut Retriever from St. Kitts.What I love most about my job: Who doesn’t want to interact with animals all day?! From puppies and kittens to the sweet oldies. I love taking care of them all and feeling that sense of accomplishment when they get better. The smiles and gratitude I receive from pet parents is the cherry on top!Fun fact about me: I love being outdoors! Whether it’s hiking up a 3,792-foot volcano with my pack or hitting up a food festival, I’m the happiest when I’m outside!

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