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post #1 of 7 Old 09-27-2011, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Blood work?

How much do you guys pay to have basic blood work done on your horses? It is a big process or not? And do you think it is worth it to do. I'm thinking of maybe having it done for my older horse.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-27-2011, 10:18 PM
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I honestly don't know the cost, but why don't you just call your vet and ask both questions: How much is it and do you think it's a good idea for my horse?
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Oh, I will - for sure. I just wondered if anyone else had it done and what their experiences were.
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I've had blood work done very rarely. I have 2 old ones, 30 and 32.The old one colicked about 3 weeks ago, and recovered; the vet said if he goes off his feed we need to do blood work to see if his liver or other organs are slowing down. (That might have caused the colic in the first place.) So, if he loses his appetite again I will definitely call the vet for blood work. I expect it will cost more for the vet trip ($60) than the blood work. But, it will tell us whether we are dealing with something simple or life-changing.

Sometimes they want to do bloodwork before they anesthetize or sedate the older ones, just to make sure everything is okay before they start. I've used the same vet for years, so he knows my horses and knows I keep an eye on them, so he's not doing routine blood work on them yet.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-28-2011, 12:07 PM
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Blood work is a relatively easy thing to for vet to do, pull blood, send to lab, have tested. Prices vary depending on where you are from and what tests you want done. I agree the best thing for you to do is call your vet and ask them what they charge to come pull blood and test it.
There isnt alot of value in getting prices on the forum as you wont know what country the prices are even applicable to...
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-28-2011, 01:05 PM
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I have no idea the cost as anytime I have done blood work I pulled it myself and had a family friend who is a tech send it in for me. It's is a quick and easy process. Takes all of about a 1 minute depending on how cooperative your horse is.
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