Canis ISSN: 2398-2942 Hematology: complete blood count (CBC) Contributor(s): Kathleen P Freeman Overview Sampling Tests Result Data Overview Study of blood cells. Red cells via: Packed cell volume (PCV) or hematocrit. Red blood cell (RBC) count Hematology: red blood cell count. RBC indices MCV Hematology: mean corpuscular volume , MCH Hematology: mean corpuscular hemoglobin , MCHC Hematology: mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration. Reticulocyte count Hematology: reticulocyte count. Hemoglobin (Hb) concentration Hematology: hemoglobin concentration. Erythrocyte morphology. White cells via: Leukocyte (WBC) count Hematology: leukocyte (WBC) and morphology. Differential WBC. Platelets Hematology: platelet count via: Platelet count and morphology. Automated and/or manual methods. Stained blood smear Hematology: complete blood count (CBC). Sampling This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Tests Availability Widely available at commercial laboratories. Blood smears can be examined in practice. Some in-hospital analyzers or cell counting methods now available. ValiditySensitivity Generally moderate to low unless blood parasites are recognized. Specificity Generally moderate to low unless blood parasites are recognized. Result Data This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Further ReadingPublicationsReferred papers Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed. Other sources of information Cowell R L, Tyler R D & Meinkoth J H (1999) Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat. 2nd edn. St. Louis: Mosby. Duncan J R, Prasse K W & Mahaffey E A (1994) Veterinary Laboratory Medicine. Clinical Pathology. 3rd edn. Iowa: Iowa University Press. Jain N C (1993) Essentials of Veterinary Hematology. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger.