Diagnostic Testing

We perform a multitude of diagnostic testing, the most common of which is blood work. 

We offer a large number of blood panels and urine tests, both in house and through IDEXX Reference Laboratories. Regular blood work is recommended for patients of all ages, to help determine overall health at any given time. Unfortunately our pets can’t talk to us, so it is up to us to decipher the values of their laboratory results. 

Our more comprehensive geriatric panels are essential for animals that are showing symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness or loss of appetite.
Comprehensive panels are also highly recommended for any pet undergoing surgery, to help us detect any signs of bleeding disorders or other unseen abnormalities.

These panels mainly involve three things:

  1. Blood chemistries, or blood serum tests, help us evaluate an animals’ organ function, electrolyte status, hormone levels, and more. This is especially important in our older pets as well as animals receiving long-term medication. Getting a complete picture of organ function is also extremely important in helping us determine anesthetic protocol in any pets undergoing general anesthesia.
     
  2. A Complete blood count (CBC) shows our veterinarians your pets hydration status, and will indicate any signs of anemia or bleeding disorder. This portion of the testing is essential for catching signs of infection as there are many indicators of immune system response in your pet. 
     
  3. Urinalysis‘ are performed to diagnose and detect any trace of urinary tract disease and provide necessary information regarding systemic diseases such as liver failure and hemolysis. 

 

Pet Owners' Guide To Understanding Bloodwork

This value measures the percentage of red blood cells in a given volume to help detect anemia and degree of hydration in an animal.

Hemoglobin along with mean corpulscular hemoglbon (MCHC) are oxygen-carrying molecules help determine the health of an animals red blood cells

These are a specific type of white blood cell that often indicates allergic reaction or a parasitic condition and/or other infectious disease in an animal.

Platelets are involved in clot formation and can help us detect bleeding disorders and/or other systemic diseases.

White blood cells are a bodys’ first line of defence. This value measures your pets immune response. Increases or decreases in your pets white blood cell count may indicate certain diseases or infections.

A protein that helps evaluate hydration status as well as intestinal, liver and/or kidney disease.

Alkaline phosphatase,  is often elevated to indicate bone growth in young animals. In our matured patients, elevated levels may indicate liver damage or Cushing’s disease.

A liver enzyme, elevated values may determine active liver damage. 

Fret not, with monitoring and supplementation catching liver disease early-on can be well managed and your pets can still lead very full lives. 

Glucose is a blood sugar, and elevated levels may indicate diabetes. This value is tested for in both blood chemistries and in urinalysis.