In-House Blood Work and Laboratory
Having an on-site lab gives us the ability to obtain test results very rapidly. This is a major advantage of assessing a patient's status quickly and efficiently, especially in times when obtaining results will have a major impact on the course of emergency treatments. Advantages for in-house testing include analysis of fresh samples in a timely manner and savings for our clients.
At City Petcare Animal Hospital our in-house laboratory facilities provide us the ability to run serum chemistry, hematology, serology, electrolytes, fecal, urinalysis and parasite testing.
The Hospital also utilizes Idexx, the largest and most reliable veterinary commercial laboratory. All out of clinic samples and biopsies are sent to this lab. Your pet’s blood work is usually a combination of a complete blood count (CBC) and a blood chemistry analysis. Pets, particularly those in their senior years, should have a CBC at every annual examination. This allows us to monitor the progression of a pet's disease and allow us to early diagnose any problems that may be starting to present themselves.
We recommend routine preanesthetic blood work to make sure that your pet does not have a disease or illness that would make anesthesia or surgery a big risk. This lab work is very similar to the test that your doctor would recommend for yourself before undergoing anesthesia .
Even pets that appear completely healthy can have hidden health problems. If they are left undetected, these problems can lead into serious or even life-threatening conditions.
Blood profiles are essential tools for identifying diseases at the earliest stage possible, when they are the most treatable.
Microscopic slides are often the best way to determine the cause of a dermatological problem, ear infection, mass or internal body cavity fluid accumulation. Many of these slides can be prepared and analyzed right here in clinic and all others we send off to Idexx.
Fecal tests provide insights regarding any intestinal parasites that may be inhabiting your pet's body. Intestinal parasites are organisms that live, grow, and feed in the intestinal tract taking away nutrition and in severe cases causing illnesses and harm such as anorexia, diarrhea, vomiting, anemia, or even death. The best way to detect parasites is by testing a fresh fecal sample for the parasite’s eggs. Treatment may vary depending on the type of parasite found. Treatment will usually require a course of oral medication. A repeat test may be necessary after treatment to make sure the parasites are gone.
Urinalysis checks for levels of specific chemicals in your pet’s urine. This can help us detect signs of specific illnesses. Urinalysis screens for imbalances that can be an indication of kidney disease, kidney infections, bacterial infections, urinary tract disease, Diabetes Mellitus, urinary bladder disease, auto-immune disease, Cushing’s disease, prostate disease, Hepatitis and liver conditions.