On-Site Veterinary Diagnostic Lab for Accurate Testing With Rapid Results
Our in-house diagnostic laboratory routinely performs testing such as serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis, and parasite testing. Our veterinary laboratory is staffed by skilled technicians, allowing us to obtain rapid results on-site with a higher standard of accuracy.
At the initial wellness exam, we typically order baseline tests on every patient. This records the blood levels and other chemical measurements of the healthy pet, and offers indicators for any developing problems.
Some of the common laboratory wellness tests performed by our veterinary team include the following:
- CBC (complete blood count)—This measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets to help diagnose infections, anemia, and leukemia
- Chemistry panel—This measures electrolytes, enzymes, and chemical elements, such as calcium and phosphorous levels, to see how organs are functioning
- Urinalysis—This helps detect the presence of protein, sugar, white blood cells, or blood and to detect a possible illness such as urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, and kidney problems
- Fecal smear—This allows us to look for intestinal parasites as well as abnormalities that signal a developing problem, like blood in the stool
Later, if your pet is ill, we can compare new lab work to the baseline values to determine the current level of illness. We also use these tests to confirm the presence of illnesses and to rule out other diseases. Sometimes we use lab tests during treatments to monitor patient response and protect against drug toxicity.
Pre-surgical screening tests are required for all ages including young, healthy pets, to determine risk regarding anesthesia. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
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