Laboratory Services

In combination with a complete physical examination, our veterinary staff is able to use our state-of-the art laboratory equipment to better assess the health of your pet. In many cases, results are provided in minutes which can give a baseline as to your pet’s general health and help to determine any underlying diseases. Also, some lab work is out sourced to a laboratory with the ability to run tests requiring more sophisticated equipment and quality control measures.

Annual 4Dx Plus Test In addition to testing for Heartworm disease, this test also detects three different types of tick-borne diseases: ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Lyme disease.

Felv/FIV/HW Test This is an important blood test to determine the status of Feline Leukemia, FIV and Heartworms in cats.

Complete Blood Cell Count Otherwise known as a CBC, this test helps to analyze the number, type and shape of the different blood cells in the body. It helps to detect infection, inflammation, anemia and other bleeding disorders.

Laboratory ServicesChemistry Profile This test helps to determine how well the individual organs are performing by checking chemical components in the blood’s serum. Such analysis can help in the diagnosis of a variety of diseases such as diabetes, pancreatitis, kidney and liver disease and certain cancers. Additional chemistry and specialty tests are performed to evaluate for other diseases. For example, Thyroid tests are done to evaluate for hypothyroidism in dogs and hyperthyroidism in cats. Pets with seizure disorders can have phenobarbital levels performed to adjust medication doses to control seizures.

Urinalysis Analyzing a urine sample helps to evaluate the existence of blood, crystals and/or bacteria that may signify urinary tract issues. In addition, it helps to assess how well the bladder and kidneys are functioning and serves as a screen for systemic diseases.

Fecal Parasite Assessment Your pet’s feces will be microscopically evaluated to check for internal bleeding, overgrowth of bacteria, and to check for the presence of parasites in the intestinal tract such as roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, coccidia, and giardia. The existence of such parasites is generally easily treatable if detected early, but it is important to know because many can be passed to humans and cause serious disease.

Blood pressure readings are an important diagnostic tool and indicator of your pet’s health. In much the same way your doctor will take your blood pressure during an office visit, we will take your pet’s blood pressure reading to help monitor how the blood is flowing through the veins and arteries. The results can alert your veterinarian to possible hidden health risks such as the potential for strokes or even future vision problems.

Tonometry  A Digital Tonometer is a diagnostic tool which measures intra-occular eye pressure. The digital tonometer is used to test for glaucoma and other conditions of the eyes.