At Countryside Animal Hospital, we can perform a number of on-site laboratory tests to ensure that your pet gets the care they deserve. If there is a test your pet requires that we don’t offer, we have established relationships with a number of off-site laboratories that can help. We aim for our laboratory testing to be thorough, reliable, and efficient, ensuring that we get the answers we need about your pet as quickly as possible. Here are some of the laboratory tests we most frequently perform at our veterinary clinic:
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
This blood test measures the number of red and white blood cells, as well as the platelets. This test can give your vet the information they need to diagnose infections, anemia, and leukemia. If your furry friend is currently being treated for a condition, a CBC can help your vet assess how well your pet is responding.
A urinalysis allows your vet to identify if there are any abnormal substances in your pet’s urine, such as sugar, protein, or blood. The concentration of urine can also be helpful in the diagnosis of illness. This type of test is commonly used to diagnose UTIs, diabetes, kidney problems, and dehydration.
A blood-chemistry panel informs the vet of the electrolyte levels, enzymes, and chemical elements of your pet’s blood. This is an indication of how your dog or cat’s organs are functioning. This test is also helpful in diagnosing illness, as well as monitoring how your pet is responding to treatment. This can also inform your vet if further tests need to be conducted.
If your vet has reason to believe your pet has heartworms, they may call for a heartworm test. This will inform them of the presence of microfilariae (adult heartworm offspring) in their blood.
Fecal matter can help your vet detect clues of different diseases, including digestive issues, internal bleeding, and disorders of the pancreas. They can also confirm the presence of intestinal parasites such as tapeworm, whipworm, hookworm, and giardia.
This is a common test of dermatological concerns. Your vet will scrape a sample of your pet’s skin to examine under a microscope. This can tell the vet if there are any parasites on the skin, or certain types of fungi.
Thyroid Function Test
A thyroid function test tells your veterinarian if the thyroid gland is not producing hormones the way that it should. By measuring hormone concentrations in the blood, your vet can have insight as to whether or not the thyroid is functioning properly.
In the event that your pet has a strange lump on their skin, your vet may use a hollow needle to retrieve a sample of cells. This enables them to examine it for cancer or certain infections.
At Countryside Animal Hospital, we aim to provide your pet with the care they need to live a healthy life. Contact us to learn more about our laboratory testing!