How much does dog blood work cost?

Bloodwork prices are dependent on which tests and how many tests are needed. Most bloodwork tests will cost between $70 and $150. In the UK, similar tests range from £65 to £125. Prices will also vary based on geographical location as the price of living is different across states/regions.

Is blood work necessary for dogs?

Blood work is necessary for most medical procedures. Bloodwork tests are important in checking the health of an animal before any treatment or surgery is provided.

Tests are used to check for white blood cell levels most importantly, which indicates the health of a dog’s immune system. Bloodwork will also check for glucose, digestive enzymes, proteins and endocrine levels, among other things.

The presence of certain substances can indicate an undiagnosed illness or help a vet gauge how well a known illness is being managed.

Without bloodwork tests, medical treatment or invasive surgery could have serious health implications for the dog.

What does a dog blood test reveal?

Blood tests can reveal a host of different things. Sometimes dogs are overstimulated by certain chemicals or changes to their environment and this will be evident via the hormone levels in their blood.

Lab tests on blood can also indicate hydration levels, anemia, oxygen concentration and illnesses such as diabetes, liver disease and blood clotting disorders.

Most importantly, bloodwork tests help the surgical team to accurately determine the required dosage of anesthetic.

Blood serum tests are used most often for elderly dogs or those experiencing vomiting and diarrhea. Serum tests are used to evaluate hydration, to test for diseases such as Cushing’s disease and to detect illnesses such as pancreatitis, kidney disease and hypothyroidism.

Other bloodwork tests include:

  • Potassium: Potassium is an electrolyte. Low levels can cause omitting and diarrhea, while elevated levels can suggest kidney failure, dehydration or diseases like Addison’s.
  • Glucose: Blood sugar levels are good indicators of pancreatic health. Low levels can indicate diabetes.
  • GGT: Gamma-glutamyl transferase indicates elevated corticosteroids in the blood or problems with liver function.
  • Lipase: The presence of this enzyme indicates pancreatitis, which is a disease caused by inflammation of the pancreas.
  • Cortisol: This hormone is known as the stress hormone. It is used as an indicator of Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.
  • Calcium: Changes in calcium levels can indicate diseases such as hyperparathyroidism, kidney disease and tumors.

It is important to note that, while bloodwork tests are important, they are used in conjunction with other tests like x-rays and urine tests to give an overall picture of a dog’s health.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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