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Podcast Transcript

Blood testing is one of the first diagnostics options vets reach for, but there are many misconceptions about what a blood test actually tells you.

Nicole and Jez go through the different types of blood tests, as well as what the results look like, and discuss why sometimes blood testing doesn’t give us an answer.

Citations

Healthline. 2021. 10 Important Blood Tests: What They Show, Why They’re Done, More. [online] Available at: <https://www.healthline.com/health/blood-tests#routine-tests-and-others> [Accessed 18 October 2021].

Lab Tests Online. 2021. Complete Blood Count (CBC) – Understand the Test & Your Results. [online] Available at: <https://labtestsonline.org/tests/complete-blood-count-cbc> [Accessed 18 October 2021].

Lab Tests Online. 2021. Urinalysis – Understand the Test & Your Results. [online] Available at: <https://labtestsonline.org/tests/urinalysis> [Accessed 18 October 2021].

Whitbread, T., 2021. Clinical Biochemistry – Clinical Pathology and Procedures – Veterinary Manual. [online] Veterinary Manual. Available at: <https://www.msdvetmanual.com/clinical-pathology-and-procedures/diagnostic-procedures-for-the-private-practice-laboratory/clinical-biochemistry> [Accessed 18 October 2021].

Outro music by Matt Charleston

About the hosts

Dr Nicole Su and Jez Watts

Dr Nicole Su is a veterinarian, Jez Watts is a comedian-biotechnologist, and together they discuss commonly misunderstood topics in the pet and vet world. They live with three rabbits that are their children.