The body’s ability to form a blood clot when required (e.g. a cut or abrasion occurs), but not form a blood clot when it would be harmful (e.g. while flowing through the circulatory system) is a complicated, intricate bodily function. When this system becomes dysfunctional, serious bleeding consequences occur, which oftentimes can be fatal. Diseases such as liver failure and hemophilia, as well as toxin or poison ingestion such as rodenticide (rat poison) can prevent the body’s clotting system to function properly.
Measuring the body’s blood clotting ability (coagulation testing) is an important intensive care test and pre-operative parameter that can be performed in minutes in our laboratory.
If detected to be abnormal, antidotes and other therapies to help correct the clotting abnormality can be initiated.
Your pet may benefit from coagulation testing if a bleeding disorder is suspected, your pet has blood within the chest or abdominal cavity, your pet is experiencing liver failure, or if your pet has ingested certain types of rodenticide (rat poison).