Why Is My Dog's Hemoglobin Level Abnormal ?
Why Is My Cat's Hemoglobin Level Abnormal ?
To see what normal blood and urine values are for your pet, go here
For an explanation of causes of most abnormal blood and urine tests go here
To see how tests are often grouped, go here
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The Level Of Hemoglobin In Your Pet's Blood
Hemoglobin is the iron-containing reddish molecule within your pet’s red blood cells that is responsible for carrying oxygen.
Reasons Why Your Pet’s Hemoglobin Levels Might Be Low :
For all the same reasons that your pet’s PCV might be low. It is also possible for red blood cells to carry less than their normal amount of hemoglobin. That is reflected in a blood tests that measure average red blood cell hemoglobin concentration (MCHC).
Reasons Why Your Pet’s Hemoglobin Levels Might Be High :
For all the same reasons that your pet’s PCV might be high.
Sluggish blood flow throughout the body - as occurs in advance heart disease can also raise hemoglobin levels.
Heinz bodies, fatty blood samples (lipemia) and other blood turbidity problems (cloudiness) can cause blood hemoglobin levels to be falsely measured as high.
If your dog is a sight hound, such as a greyhound, its hemoglobin levels will normally be high (ref) .
Complementary Tests :
The same ones as for hematocrit, erythrocyte indices