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What blood values we check & what they can tell us:
HCT (Hematocrit): Percentage of Red Blood Cells in the blood volume. Detects anemia anddetermines hydration status.
BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen): Produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. High levels can indicate kidney disease or dehydration. The kidneys filter anesthetic drugs from your pet’s body.
CREA (Creatinine): Byproduct of muscle metabolism and excreted by the kidneys. Highlevels can indicate kidney disease or dehydration. The kidneys filter anesthetic drugs fromyour pet’s body.
ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase): Enzyme that detects liver cell injury (may be caused bymetabolic disease, inflammation, etc.). The liver helps filter anesthetic drugs from your pet’s body.
ALKP (Alkaline Phosphatase): Enzyme from many tissues including liver & bone. Candetect liver disease, Cushing’s disease or steroid therapy.
GLU (Blood Glucose): Helps detect diabetes.
TP (Total Protein): Can indicate dehydration, inflammation or disease of the liver, kidney orintestines.