A physical examination by itself does not allow us to determine the overall health of your pet's internal organs. That's why we recommend lab work. At our on-site veterinary laboratory, we can easily run tests for all common pet diseases, including parasites, diabetes, kidney disease, and much more.
Lab work helps us detect diseases in their early stages, when they are easier and less expensive to treat. During your pet's annual wellness exam, you can expect your veterinarian to recommend appropriate lab tests based on your pet's age and health.
Our on-site laboratory enables us to perform a wide range of tests at the clinic so that we don't have to ship samples off to a regional laboratory for testing. This means that we have direct access to your pet's test results and you'll never have to wait weeks for a diagnosis. When your pet's test results are in our hands, we can get started on your pet's treatment plan right away.
Blood Work: When it comes to diagnosing a pet's condition, blood work is an invaluable tool. Blood testing tells us a lot about an animal's health, including the presence of infection, blood clotting ability, and immune system strength. Blood work is also performed before surgery to make sure your pet is safe to go under anesthesia.
Fecal Analysis & Deworming: Veterinarians perform fecal exams to test for the presence of internal parasites, such as roundworm, hookworm, and giardia. It's very important to make sure your pet is parasite-free, because these parasites can infect humans as well. We recommend combining your pet's monthly preventative medicine with yearly fecal exams for the best protection from parasites.
Urinalysis: Urinalysis is a test of the urine that tells your veterinarian about the health of a pet's kidneys and urinary system. A urinalysis can also indicate problems in other organ systems or detect metabolic disease, such as diabetes. If you notice your pet is drinking a lot more water than usual, urinating frequently, has pain when urinating, or there is visible blood in the urine, a urinalysis is recommended to identify any problems within the urinary system.
Skin Scraping: Skin scraping is used to diagnose many dermatological problems. One of the most common uses of this test is for the detection of mites, which are parasites that are microscopic in size. Because they are too small to be seen with the naked eye, they can only identified through the analysis of a skin sample under the microscope.
Our clinic is equipped with advanced imaging technology to diagnose internal conditions. X-rays help our veterinarians detect and identify many different health problems, including bone fractures and breaks, bladder stones, and chronic arthritis. Ultrasound provides an even more precise look at the internal organs, helping veterinarians detect cysts and tumors or monitor heart conditions.