A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test that measures a patient’s red blood cell count, white blood cell counts and platelet numbers. The CBC machine at Savannah Veterinary Internal Medicine & Intensive Care can perform a CBC in 90 seconds with just two drops of blood.
At SVIMIC, all CBC machine results are confirmed by a registered veterinary technician with a procedure called a manual differential. In this added step, a drop of blood is reviewed under the microscope to confirm the results.
Certain diseases, such as leukemia, can produce abnormal cells that can cause the CBC machine to produce erroneous results. A manual differential increases the accuracy of the results by detecting abnormal cells and other blood changes that can affect the accuracy of the CBC machine.