Ridgemont Animal Hospital

4200 West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14626



Blood Testing and Understanding your Pet's Blood Results

"Testing is important for ALL the members of your family!"

Every member of your family deserves the best medical attention. Advances in medical technology now allows quick and easy Blood Testing for your pet. Your vet can obtain information through Blood Testing that will help your pet to live a longer and healthier life. Your pet's health is worth it!

Geriatric Animals: Routine check-ups and Wellness Testing become more important as your pet grows older. In many cases, your vet can monitor organ function and detect disease even before symptoms appear.

Healthy Animals: Even when healthy, it is important to have your pet tested to establish a baseline health profile. Healthy reference test results will allow your vet to make quicker, more accurate diagnoses in the future.

Animals Receiving Medication: Your vet can monitor pets receiving medication to assure effective and safe dosing.

Pre-Anesthetic Testing: When your pet's are in our care, we want to provide the best possible medical care. With this in mind pre-anesthetic testing is a requirement when any animal is admitted for a surgical procedure to assure the safest anesthetic plan for your individual pet.

Sick Animals: When your pet is feeling under the weather, losing weight, having new medical problems, vomiting or diarrhea, or any other concern, blood work will be recommended to help discover the root of the problem.

Chemistry and Hematology blood Tests provide a detailed look at your pet's health. Your veterinarian uses a state-of-the-art VetScan Chemistry and HMT Hematology Analyzer to evaluate your pet's health.

Chemistry Blood Tests provide useful indicators of the health and functioning of your pet's organ system. Electrolytes are also measured to ensure that a vital system balance is maintained.

Hematology Blood Tests provide a detailed look at blood cells. Red Blood Cell results provide information regarding oxygen-carrying ability, while White Blood Cell results provide information about how well your pet can fight infection. Platelet results indicate how effectively your pet is able to stop bleeding.

Ask about Wellness Testing for your pet's health because - they can't tell you...but your vet can!

Understanding your Pet's Chemistry Blood Tests

Electrolytes (Na+, K+, CA2+) - Identifying imbalances is critical in the evaluation of various illnesses. These tests are especially important in evaluation vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and cardiac symptoms.

Alanine Aminotranaferase (ALT) - Increasedlevels of this enzyme may be a sign of liver disease

Albumin (ALB) - Reduced levels of this protein may be an indication of chronic liver, kidney disease, or parasitic infection.

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) - Found in liver, bone, kidney, and intestines. Elevated levels of this enzyme may indicate organ disease.

Amylase (AMY) - The pancreas produces and secretes amylase to aid in digestion. Elevated blood levels may indicate pancreatic and/or kidney disease.

Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST) - This enzyme offers a good indication of muscle and liver health.

Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) - BUN is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Testing for it helps detect liver and kidney abnormalities.

Cholesterol (CHOL) - Elevated levels of cholesterol may be an indication of a variety of disorders including hypothyroidism, liver, and kidney disease.

Creatinine (CREA) - Elevated levels of creatinine may indicate kidney disease or urinary obstruction

Globulin (GLOB) - These liver proteins are found in the blood and provide a good indication of liver function.

Glucose (GLU) - High levels of blood glucose may indicate diabetes or stress. Low levels may be signs of liver disease.

Phosphorus (PHOS) - Elevated levels may indicate kidney disease.

Total Bilirubin (TBIL) - Bilirubin, a component of bile, is secreted by the liver into the intestinal tract. Blood bilirubin levels are helpful in evaluating liver disease and certain anemias.

Total Protein (TP) - Total protein aids in diagnosis of many conditions including liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal disease.

Thyroxine Test (T4) - T4 fluctuation may indicate thyroid disease or secondary liver, kidney, or metabolic abnormalities.