|First Posted: Nov 20, 2013 |
Nov 20, 2013
Your Horse's Blood Test/What Is It All About?
Your horse is not himself and your vet suggests that a blood test be done. What kind of blood panel is usually done on a horse? What is the vet checking? How do your horse's results compare to other horses? Are there specific parameters that enter into your horse's blood test restults or are there variabless that should be considered?
Horse Complete Blood Panel and Chemestry Profile
All blood tests are not equal. There are a number of variables to be considered in the results as they are compared to standard parameters.
Below is a blood test result from one of my horses which had some results did not fall within the parameters of blood work. However, it should be noted that for Kentucky Mountain Horses and other gaited breeds the results were fine.
Decisions made solely on the blood test results are not necessarily accurate. The above variables certainly have to be considered. There are on-going studies being done to determine these variables and perhaps to update the blood test parameters presently being used.