In this episode, Dr. Holly Brown from Antec Diagnostics continues the discussion about lab testing. The sensitivity and specificity of the CBC test are explained, highlighting its ability to detect abnormalities but not always provide specific information about the underlying disease process. The importance of further testing and interpreting lab results with veterinary professionals is emphasized. The role of the chemistry test in assessing organ function is discussed, along with the significance of heartworm testing and prevention. The episode concludes with a reminder for pet owners to prioritize annual blood work for their pets.


The CBC test is sensitive but not always specific, meaning it can detect abnormalities but may not provide specific information about the underlying disease process.

Further testing, such as imaging or additional blood tests, may be necessary to determine the cause of abnormalities detected in the CBC.

Interpreting lab results should be done in consultation with veterinary professionals to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

The chemistry test assesses organ function and provides valuable information about a pet’s overall health.

Heartworm testing is crucial for early detection and prevention of heartworm disease, which can be deadly but is preventable.

Annual blood work is essential for establishing baselines, monitoring health, and detecting potential issues early.