Since pets cannot tell us what is wrong, we rely on our skills and our diagnostic equipment to evaluate their health. During your pet’s physical exam, we use our eyes, ears, and hands to pick up on subtle abnormalities that may indicate a disease process, and then turn to diagnostic testing for further information. We also encourage routine screening for hidden diseases in apparently healthy pets, since early detection offers the best chance of recovery. With state-of-the-art diagnostic testing equipment readily at-hand, we can make a quick and accurate diagnosis, and begin immediate treatment.
When your pet is sick, you want answers quickly. Our in-house laboratory includes a variety of analyzers designed to deliver a cage-side diagnosis. With our in-house laboratory, we can perform the following tests:
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Part of wellness screening tests or used for sick pets, a CBC provides a quantitative analysis of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC can be used to detect anemia, infection, inflammation, and dehydration.
Blood Chemistry Profile
Often paired with a CBC, a blood chemistry profile analyzes organ function. This test can help diagnose kidney or liver disease, endocrine disorders, and a variety of other conditions.
A urinalysis consists of a urine strip evaluation and a microscopic evaluation. By performing a complete urinalysis, we can evaluate your pet’s kidney function, diagnose urinary tract infections and inflammation, and detect subtle changes that can indicate a variety of disease conditions.
Microscopically examining a stool sample can help us spot parasitic infections.
A sample from your pet’s ears, skin, or a mass can be microscopically examined for signs of infection, inflammation, or more serious disease.
Although our multiple in-house analyzers create a well-rounded laboratory, reference laboratories can run more specialized tests. If your pet’s condition requires specific testing that we cannot perform in our hospital, we will send samples to a veterinary reference laboratory. Results for most tests are available within 24 hours. Together, our in-house laboratory and reference laboratories can provide the most accurate, comprehensive answers about your pet’s health.