Complete Blood Count

Complete blood count is a test that measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in your dog’s bloodstream. This blood test can help your veterinarian evaluate his overall health, detect anemia and infections, determine if there are enough red blood cells for adequate oxygen transport, and find out if your pet has enough healthy platelets to keep him from bleeding too much. The CBC is one of the most common tests performed on dogs and cats by veterinarians.

What Does A Complete Blood Count Test for?

Blood is made up of different types of cells: red blood cells (RBCs), which carry oxygen from the lungs to tissues; white blood cells (WBCs), which fight infection; and platelets, which help control bleeding by clotting the blood. A complete blood count measures these three types of cells and their numbers in milliliters (mL) per liter (L) of whole blood.

When Is a Complete Blood Count Recommended?

A complete blood count (CBC) is a test that can be used to evaluate your dog’s overall health. It measures the numbers, or counts, of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in a small sample of your dog’s blood. A CBC can help identify problems with the production of red and white blood cells, as well as detect other conditions such as anemia (low red blood cell count), infection, inflammation, or cancer.

A CBC may be ordered by your veterinarian if your dog has unexplained bruising or bleeding, pale gums or tongue, weakness or lethargy, exercise intolerance or shortness of breath.

Published by Amber Drake

Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.