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Hematology Group Tests

To view our reports for certain tests below and to obtain more information about the individual components of each test, click on the test name below.

Test Components SPpecimen Requirements Comments
Blood Smear Examination RBC morphology, parasites, manual differential cell count, WBC exam, Plt. smear estimate EDTA > 1/2 full or 2 dry unstained blood smears. Platelet estimate from the smear is qualitative: very low, low, adequate or increased
CBC (mammalian) WBC, RBC, Hgb, HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW (red cell distribution width), Plt count, MPV, RBC morphology, parasites, manual differential cell count, WBC exam, Plt smear estimate, plasma appearance, total protein (refractometer) EDTA > 1/2 full or 1 full microtainer A reticulocyte count is automatically added to standard hemogram for no extra charge in anemic dogs and cats.
Automated CBC (mammalian) WBC, RBC, Hgb, HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Plt count, MPV, automated differential cell count EDTA > 1/2 full or full microtainer Applicable for certain species, e.g. dogs, cats, horses, cattle (call the lab for others)
CBC (non-mammalian) WBC, PCV, RBC morphology, parasites, manual differential cell count, WBC exam, Plt smear estimate, plasma appearance, total protein (refractometer) (1) 1 ml EDTA blood or
(2) 2 heparinized PCV tubes, 1 EDTA microtainer, and 2-4 dried blood smears.
(3) citrate
Heparin anticoagulant invalidates counts by causing clumping of cells. For species in which EDTA causes hemolysis, eg. ostrich, collect in citrate or as option 2.
WBC Panel WBC, manual differential cell count, Plt smear estimate, RBC morphology, WBC exam EDTA > 1/2 full or 1 full microtainer
Automated WBC Panel WBC, automated differential cell count EDTA > 1/2 full or 1 full microtainer Applicable for certain species, e.g. dogs, cats, horses, cattle (call the lab for others)