Complete blood count (CBC) or haematological analysis is an integral part of the diagnostic work-up in dogs and cats, and involves assessment of a freshly prepared blood smear (also known as a blood film). Despite the widespread availability of automated analysers, the value of a basic blood smear should not be forgotten and should be incorporated into routine blood testing in clinical practice. This article describes a step-by-step approach to blood smear evaluation, which is simple, inexpensive and quick to perform.
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