Onsite Laboratory and Diagnostic Testing

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microscopeOur in-house veterinary laboratory features diagnostic testing for the following:

  • Bloodwork – CBC, Chemistry panel, T4 testing
  • Urinalysis and Sediment examination
  • Cytology of skin & ear samples
  • Occult heartworm, Lymes, Erhlichra testing
  • Feline Felv, FIV and heartworm Ag tests
  • Liver Panel

Blood Screenings

Some illnesses affecting your cat or dog can be undetectable without blood testing.

It is important to do properly timed and carefully chosen laboratory testing. As an example, pre-surgical blood tests and screening tests during a wellness examination can help to catch problems early and save you expense and heartache later.

Fecal Testing

Testing feces/stool/poop is the best way to detect intestinal parasite infestations. Theses tests should be performed every six months. Please bring a sample when you bring your dog in for a wellness examination.

Heartworm

Heartworm is a parasitic worm transmitted to cats and dogs by a mosquito bite. The symptoms often take months to show because the worms tend to grow gradually. A blood sample is taken to determine if your pet has heartworm and requires treatment.

IV Fluid Therapy

Fluid therapy is one of the most important things we do for sick animals. Dehydrated pets feel ill, can not fight their disease well, do not eat well, and can not metabolize drugs efficiently. Dehydration decreases the circulation to two very important organs, the liver and the kidney. These organs are then unable to perform vital functions, some of which include detoxifying drugs and removing waste products.

Intravenous catheters are used for sick pets or those about to be anesthetized. The catheters allows us to administer medication for rapid distribution to the whole body. Medication given this way acts faster and is more controllable, a significant advantage for an ill pet or one in an emergency. If your pet is ill or about to undergo anesthesia for any reason, an IV catheter to allow fluid administration is one of the most important therapies we can institute, and can literally be life saving.

Disease Diagnosis

Lyme Disease

A bite from an infected tick bite can cause Lyme disease in dogs and cats. It is an infection that causes arthritis and lameness. In dogs, Lyme disease can cause heart, kidney, and neurological problems. In cats, it can cause lameness due to inflammation of the joints, lack of appetite, and lethargy. If caught in time, the disease can be easily treated with antibiotics.

Thyroid

Diseases of the thyroid gland are common in dogs and cats (humans, too). Dogs with thyroid disease are more commonly hypothyroid (underactive gland) while cats with thyroid disease are more commonly hyperthyroid (overactive gland).

The thyroid secretes and regulates hormones responsible for metabolism and organ function. The thyroid gland is regulated by the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary).

The treatment for dogs is to give replacement thyroid hormones daily in medication.

For cats there are three treatment options: pills, surgery of the thyroid gland or radioactive iodine treatment which selectively kills the diseased thyroid cells.