|Barked: Tue Jan 5, '10 6:34pm PST |
|CBC = Complete Blood Count - basically tests for the visible things in the actual blood or the parts that make up your blood IE white blood cells, Red blood cells, platelets and the actual health/makeup of your blood cells. This test is performed on whole blood kept from clotting with EDTA (usually placed in a purple top tube at the vet)
It is useful to diagnose infection, anemia, auto-immune diseases etc.
This is the 2nd portion of a normal blood panel taken at the vet. It is used to check the organ functions in the body including but not limited to liver, kidneys, adrenals, pancreas, muscles, stomach etc. This test uses the serum of the blood which is the stuff left when you spin the RBC's out. Usually when they are taking blood from your pet for this they place it in a marble topped tube (red/brn color marble top) and spin it down in a certirfuge.
It is useful in diagnosing things like kidney damage, liver damage, diabetes, muscle wasting etc.
Chemistry's can be FULL, partial or even just per-anesthesia. They often can be reduced to a simple check of liver, kidney, blood sugar (ie only like 6-7 items) or a full senior testing which usually includes anywhere from 15-25 items. Often to help save people money but still get some info basic small ones will be offered prior to anesthesia and larger profiles if a pet is sick or older.
A test for thyroid function performed on the serum of a patient. It is often included in senior dog panels because it can be a common issue in older dogs. Thyroid panels have many many different tests to check thyroid problems including but not limited to T4, T3 and TSH...if your pet test + for one the doc may want to follow up with other testing.
This test obviously performed on urine helps to diagnose, diabetes, kideny or liver issues, protien wasting diseases etc. It should always be included in a senior profile.
If done in house can be done on either whole blood or serum or plasma. If sent to lab it is usually done on whole blood only.
A reccomended senior profile usually includes a FULL chemistry, CBC, T4, and urinalysis. This is usually if there are no issues or problems...additional testing may included blood tests for cushings or other endocrine diseases.
I know this is a lot of info but I thing you were mistaking what a CBC is and entails so hopefully this clears it up. I would assume you are alread having chemistries done regularly from what you wrote above.
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