Cinema Veterinary Centre


Posted on Nov 01, 2017 by deborah  | Tags: pets, pocket pets, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, reptiles, bloodwork

Blood samples are taken to investigate and diagnose many illnesses. Most tests are performed and sent away to external laboratories. We use different laboratories to perform different tests depending on their specialties.

Why are blood tests performed?

Blood samples are taken to investigate and diagnose many illnesses.

Most tests are performed and sent away to external laboratories. We use different laboratories to perform different tests depending on their specialties.


What does a blood test involve?

Generally, patients need to be fasted before blood tests. This is because certain blood indicators will change after an animal has eaten and because increased levels of fats in the blood may interfere with some of the tests.

Most common/necessary tests:

  1. Total Body Function
  2. NSAID Profile
  3. Urinalysis
  4. Thyroid Profile
  5. Fecal Culture
  6. Canine GI Profile
  7. Renal Profile
  8. Senior Wellness
  9. Comprehensive Avian Profile
  10. Reptile Comprehensive Profile


A visit to a veterinarian is imminent for each animal, even though the justification for everyone’s blood test is different. In any case, blood testing will reveal a wealth of useful information about the dog’s or cat’s state of health.

Blood can be regarded as a rich river of information about the body. While it is possible that a dog or cat can have health problems without any detectable abnormalities in his blood, these cases are the exceptions, rather than the norm.

Come see Dr. Ronchetto or Dr. Wheelbarger for a thorough examination and pricing/necessity of any blood panels for your pets!

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) have provided pain control for many dogs and offer significant benefits. But it is important that you are aware of potential side effects when administering drugs to your dog. All NSAIDs should be used with caution, because they all have the potential for serious side effects, especially gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and perforations, and in rare cases, kidney damage and liver problems.

The best way to avoid the possibility of your dog suffering serious side effects from NSAIDs is for you to be fully informed about the drug and its potential side effects.  Having an NSAID Panel done every six months or yearly while your dog is on these medications will tell you how the body systems are handling the medication.

Urinalysis is a routine test that reports the physical and chemical properties of urine. It is used mainly to assess the health of the kidneys and urinary system, but it can also reveal problems in other organ systems, and is important for diagnosing metabolic disease such as diabetes mellitus. It is a valuable test in both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of a pet's health.


A bird (Avian) will not usually show any signs of illness until it is VERY sick, and can no longer mask it.  When you first notice your bird is sick, it is getting towards the end of the illness, not the beginning. Unfortunately, many people then wait a few days, to see if it gets better'. This only adds to the problem, and the result is that we are often presented with a severely ill bird, badly dehydrated and often starving after not having eaten for a few days.


So, what are we presented with? A critically ill patient that needs a correct diagnosis and treatment FAST if it is to be saved, but at the same time it doesn't give away many clues as to what is wrong. So, in many cases we have to use lab tests to get a fast diagnosis so as to save your bird. A wait and see' approach treating the bird with something and seeing if it gets better may work in some cases, but not in others. The time lost waiting to see if your bird will respond could be the difference between life and death. So, after getting a good history from you and conducting a thorough physical examination, we will usually formulate a plan as to which tests we think will give the most information as quickly as possible.


ALL reptiles need to be examined immediately after purchase (within 48 hours), and then at least annually by a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about reptiles! A thorough examination will include diagnostic testing, and may involve blood work, fecal testing, bacterial cultures, and radiographs. Routine wellness examinations for your reptile will enable early detection of disease. With very rare exception, exotic pets usually do not act sick (or show any indication of illness) until they are VERY SICK and need immediate veterinary attention! Regular veterinary care, plus an informed, knowledgeable pet owner will greatly reduce illness and death in these pets (as well as the overall cost of medical care). Come see Dr. Wheelbarger, who is very familiar with reptiles to discuss cost and suggested health schedules.