Our in-house laboratory provides us with the ability to provide our clients with accurate and timely data in cases that require additional diagnostic analysis. For example, some tests we may run include blood tests and fecal tests.
We analyze all samples in-house so we can avoid sending biological samples to outside labs, which can take up precious time in more critical cases, and can impede the accuracy of the results. In other words, analyzing data in-house allows us to provide our clients with higher quality information regarding the health of your pet.
During a routine wellness visit, your veterinarian does a surface-level examination. Laboratory diagnostics take the analysis deeper, providing us with data involving the integrity of organs, blood, and more. All of this information, in combination with a superficial examination, gives us a clearer picture of your pet’s health.
Laboratory tests and bloodwork frequently performed include:
- Complete blood count: a test that gives information about the cells in a patient’s blood, such as the cell count for each blood cell type and the concentration of oxygen. Blood tests are recommended every 12 months for younger pets, and every 6 months for older for sick pets.
- Blood chemistry panel: a series of different tests aimed to evaluate organ functioning.
- Electrolyte testing: analyzes the presence of salts and minerals, such as sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate, which are found in the blood. They help conduct electrical impulses in the body, and are essential for healthy living.
- Thyroid testing: measures the integrity of the thyroid gland, which plays a role in metabolism.
- Urinalysis: determines renal function.
- Fecal tests: checks for intestinal parasites. We recommend dropping off a fresh fecal sample once a year.
- Skin scrapings: A common test that involves scraping off some dead superficial cells of the epidermis. It tests for fungi presence and parasites.