In House Laboratory
We offer various types of diagnostics for your pet, such a routine blood work, intestinal parasite screening, heartworm testing, FeLV/FIV testing, as well as many others. Many of these diagnostic tests are recommended at your pet’s annual wellness exam and each diagnostic test is important for various reasons. It is important to do routine blood work for your pet’s annual wellness exam because blood work allows us to see important organ functions. Annual blood work allows our veterinarian to monitor trends and diagnose certain diseases at the earliest stage possible. When diagnosed early, many of these diseases can be slowed down greatly, or even reversed with various treatments prescribed by your pet’s veterinarian.
Blood Chemistries-This in-house testing gives our doctor a quick look into the health of your pet. This test reveals information about your pet’s liver, kidneys, proteins, sugars and electrolytes along with red blood cell and white blood cell status.
Intestinal Parasite Screening-The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends your pet have an intestinal parasite screen performed at least twice a year. Common parasites we look for under the microscope are roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm and giardia. Many of these parasites are transmittable to humans, which is one reason we recommend performing this diagnostic test; it not only allows us to keep your pet healthier, but you and your family as well.
Heartworm Testing-Annual heartworm testing is recommended to screen for heartworms in your canine or feline friend. This test allows us to verify your pet is free of heartworms and to catch “loopholes” where the medication may have failed for a month. This allows us to verify that your pet is safe to receive their monthly heartworm prevention medication. Heartworm prevention should be given once a month, year round.
FeLV/FIV Testing-FeLV/FIV are viruses that are found in feline patients. FeLV is short for Feline Leukemia Virus. This virus is spread through contact with infected felines. FIV is short for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. The primary mode of transmission of this virus is through bite wounds, but it can be transmitted through mother’s milk when a kitten nurses. Both of these viruses can significantly shorten your cat’s life expectancy. It is important to have your kitten tested for these viruses at their first exam and then yearly afterwards since the diseases can lie dormant for years. If we know that your feline friend is positive for one or both of these viruses it allows us to better treat them when they become ill.
Microscope Evaluation/Cytology-Cytology can be used to diagnose and treat various conditions including ear infections, skin infections, dermal and subcutaneous masses, as well as lymph node aspirations.
Some diagnostic tests are commonly performed in our in house lab, and others are sent to an outside lab for more in-depth diagnostics. Depending on your pet’s needs, the veterinarian will determine if the diagnostics needed at the time of your pet’s visit should be performed in house or sent to an outside lab.