Lessons from the Lab
At our animal hospital, we have a full in-house lab with the capability to run a variety of tests on your pet’s blood, stool, urine, and skin cells. The convenience of having an in-house lab means we can have answers for you in a matter of minutes and treatment plans in place soon after! Many of the tests we run include:
- Complete blood counts (CBCs)
- Blood chemistry panels (on certain components such as proteins, glucose, or electrolyte levels)
- Urinalysis (to assess kidney and bladder health)
- Fecal exams (for detecting intestinal parasites)
- Cytology (analysis of skin cells)
- Biopsies (examination of tissue for cancer cells)
In tandem with lab work, we also rely on our advanced imaging technology to examine your pet’s internal workings. We use both digital X-rays as well as ultrasound to get a better picture of your pet’s skeletal structure, organs, abdomen, and more.
Digital X-rays are a step above their film predecessor. They produce radiographs much faster and with less radiation, too. What’s more is the X-rays are digital files that we can share seamlessly with you and with other veterinarians. We use X-rays primarily to assess potential broken bones, locate foreign objects, monitor musculoskeletal conditions such as hip dysplasia, and much more.
Ultrasound produces a live image of your pet’s organs and abdominal cavity using ultrasonic sound waves. Seeing organs and the gastrointestinal tract in motion gives us a better idea of how they’re functioning (or not functioning). We use ultrasound for detecting and monitoring pregnancies, too.