Care Veterinary Clinics Offer On-Site Diagnostic Laboratory
Care Veterinary Clinics offer a high-quality veterinary diagnostic laboratory in our hospital, for rapid results with greater accuracy and oversight. Our laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis, and parasite testing. In addition, we utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations.
Laboratory Testing for Pets
The most common lab tests we run in house include:
- CBC (complete blood count)–This test measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets for information necessary in diagnosing diseases such as anemia, infections, and leukemia.
- Chemistry panel–This test panel measures electrolytes, enzymes, and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorous levels, measurements that help us determine how effectively the patient's organs are functioning, including the kidneys, pancreas, and liver.
- Urinalysis–This test of the patient's urine can detect the presence of substances such as protein, sugar, white blood cells, or blood; measures the concentration of urine as a symptom of a possible illness; and helps diagnose urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems, and more.
- Fecal Examination–In this test, your pet's feces is examined under a microscope to detect diseases of the digestive system and the presence of intestinal parasites such as Giardia, hookworm, roundworms, tapeworm, and whipworm.
Testing for Senior Pets
As the years go by, we perform laboratory testing on your pet to confirm the presence of illnesses, to rule out certain diseases, and to determine if a patient is well enough for certain treatments or surgery. We may order monitoring lab tests during the treatment of a disease or illness, to measure the effectiveness and speed of your pet's response to a specific treatment.
For senior patients at their annual exam, we may perform additional tests such as parasite screenings or a test of thyroid function. Tests that evaluate healthy senior pets are designed to identify developing problems at the earliest stages, where treatment is most effective and less intrusive.
Laboratory Testing Prior to Surgery
When a pet is scheduled for surgery, we may order pre-surgical screening tests. These tests determine the risk of complications for the patient scheduled for general anesthesia. While this is most common in senior pets or those with a serious illness, screening tests of this type may be recommended for all ages and in seemingly healthy pets.
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