August 2015 Issue

The CBC, a Diagnostic Powerhouse

The humble complete blood count can reveal disease before signs emerge, making treatment more effective

In this age of high-tech veterinary tools like digital X-rays and color Doppler ultrasound, one humble blood test ó a complete blood count ó remains at the forefront of diagnosis. A single drop of blood contains millions of cells, and with a scant half teaspoon, your catís veterinarian can quickly identify nearly two dozen types of cells to diagnose conditions ranging from anemia and autoimmune disease to cancers and infections.

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