Guide to Blood Work

Blood work is a frequently recommended diagnostic tool, typically run in house to assist in the diagnosis of sick pets and in the early identification of hidden illnesses in pets who otherwise appear healthy. We also recommend blood work for our patients undergoing anesthesia to minimize anesthetic risk due to undetected conditions. This helps us to provide them with the safest anesthetic experience we can by making any needed adjustments to their anesthesia, pain medications, or fluids, or even postponing a procedure if necessary. Blood work helps us to identify infection, anemia, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, problems with hydration, electrolyte disturbances, and potential clotting problems. Many of these conditions may not become apparent in how our pets act and feel until they have become significantly advanced. Early identification allows us to more effectively treat or manage these conditions to keep your pet happier and feeling healthy for as long as possible! This is true not only for our geriatric patients, but also in our young puppies or kittens, when we may first uncover a congenital abnormality on routine preanesthetic blood work prior to neutering. Hopefully, we find your pet’s blood work to be within normal limits. This allows us to establish a valuable baseline to which we can refer later in life to detect changes or problems.

What our Clients are Saying

Since Dr. Lynch's return to practice, my Senior dog's problem of many years has improved tremendously with VOM, Acupuncture/Acupressure and Chinese herbs. Dr. Lynch's ability to assess the symptoms and zero in on an effective treatment was remarkable. I am thrilled to have these alternative veterinary services available in Traverse City.

~ Cindy H.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lynch for treatment. The acupuncture treatments that he has done for my cat, Maxx, have done a world of good. It has made a huge difference and the effects from the treatments have been immediate for Maxx. It is so nice to have this treatment option available.

~ Lori F.

I love everyone at Companion Animal Hospital!!!! Best place to take your pets, hands down! Miss seeing you all...I could have never asked for a better group of people to help with my babies

~ Emily H.

We have been taking our two cats and one dog to Dr. Izo for many years. She is an excellent, caring and down to earth person, who is a remarkable at what she does and the care she provides. The entire staff at CAHTC is great to deal with and they truly have your pet's best interest at heart.

~ Mark H.

Thanks to the entire staff of Companion Animal Hospital for tirelessly working with me to assist my dog with her fear of nail cutting! She is now able to have this procedure without any fears or resistance! Additionally the wellness care and the sincere interest in her from the staff is so nice. Always pleasant and professional the Doctors and staff are above average. I recommend this Animal Hospital to all my friends and co-workers and many now use them with the same satisfaction.

~ Denise B.

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