If the PCV is too low, it can indicate Anemia. If it is too high, it can indicate dehydration.
Next, we broke the tubes and placed some of the plasma (the clear fluid on top) on a refractomer to check protein levels (see below).
Too high of a protein level can indicate dehydration or cancer of the blood or bone marrow. Too low of a level can indicate malnutrition, kidney or liver disease, bleeding, burns, or poor digestion.
Wednesday we will learn about blood smears and will hopefully be able to do some!
See you then!