During your pet’s routine wellness exam or if it is suspected that something is wrong, our veterinarian may recommend to run laboratory tests using a sample of your pet’s blood, urine, skin, hair or feces. These tests are important to help us understand your pet’s health status at that moment.
Some of these results may be available as quickly as one hour or later that same day and others have to be sent to a large commercial laboratory where most results are back within 24hs.
The ability to obtain lab results the same day is especially valuable for sick animals or those undergoing an unplanned anesthetic or surgery. Blood work is a routine part of a diagnostic work up, and helps the veterinarian provide your animal with the best treatment options and care.
Full blood work testing
Standard complete blood count (CBC) tests: This testing detects the total volume of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in your pet’s blood.
Chemistry panels: Detailed panels confirm your pet’s electrolyte levels, kidney and liver function, and other important blood values.
Thyroid level evaluations: Through a range of testing, our technicians can determine if your pet has hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
Parvovirus testing: To see if your pet has parvovirus, our techs may run a quick in-house test with the pet’s stool.
Early detection is key to successful treatment of PARVO.
Pancreatic testing: Depending on the needs of your pet, our lab techs can run a series of tests to determine whether the endocrine and/or exocrine functions of their pancreas are affected.
Skin testing: our techs can test and diagnose for certain skin disorders like mange or fungal infections.
Urine: preliminary urine testing can be done in our hospital and further evaluation or culture may be required at an outside laboratory.