Blood Tests


"Don't hesitate to authorize repeated CBC [Complete Blood Count] tests. This will help track your dog's response to disease and treatment... sequential tests will reveal more and more about his condition...

"Choose the best lab for the job... Technicians trained in human medicine may not have the experience to identify specific canine diseases.

"Further, the in-house stains commonly used by most vets are not as good as the stains used in commercial labs...

"[When we] have reached a state in our diagnostic efforts where we need specific, definitive answers... it is probably worthwhile to insist that the samples be read at a commercial veterinary laboratory or at the nearest veterinary college" (Kidd, Randy. "Get a CBC, Stat!" Whole Dog Journal, Jan. 2004: 3-7).


Colby Glass, MLIS