Blood sample collection is the very first step of laboratory test to diagnose the health of your pet. Whether the blood samples are collected for a normal health checkup or to detect any specific illness, the method of sample collection remains the same. Even when we reach out to a Veterinarian for any health related issues of our companion pets; after a physical examination, most of the clinicians/practicing veterinarians will suggest for a blood work/ test to be done. The blood test/ work might be for Complete Blood Count (CBC), serum biochemistry panel for kidney function, liver functions etc. and will depend on the Veterinary understanding of your pet health. As preventive measures, normal CBC to be done twice annually for making sure that everything is fine with your pet heath. However in all cases the amount of blood collected for samples is around 2 ml and does not in any way effect your pet.

How your pet does views the process…

Believe me when I say that your pet is generally afraid of going to the clinic just like small children’s are (however there are exceptions always) and they also exhibit the fear for needle, syringes, cotton swab etc. We must try to be at the side of our pets just for assurance while the veterinary or his assistant pulls out the blood. Your presence assures them that everything will be fine. Your presence will also help to restrain your pet for veterinarian or his assistant in taking the blood sample.

As a pet parent, basic knowledge of the blood collection techniques like restraint methods, locations of the veins, equipment’s required, different blood collection tubes etc. are always appreciated. Your pet doctor might get highly impressed for your love, affection and attachment towards your pet.

Concluding remarks…

Blood collection procedure requires a practice and professional experience. Pet owners must have a basic knowledge of the procedure, locations of the veins and equipment’s requirements for the same. The critical steps like selection of collection tubes, post collection complications etc. must be viewed seriously. All emphasis must be given for collecting the requisite quantity of the blood following recommended and painless methods.

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