In-House Veterinary Laboratory: Quick Test Results for Quick Recovery
When pets are ill or injured, time is of the essence. The sooner we can get lab results, the sooner we can get a diagnosis and start treatment and the better the recovery. The doctors of All Pets Animal Hospital understand the need for quick response time, so they have designed our hospital with an in-house lab that can process the most critical lab tests and provide answers in the shortest time.
The in-house lab at All Pets Animal Hospital is able to handle many different kinds of tests, including:
- Complete blood chemistry—This test checks for the balance of the chemicals normally present in the blood and provides an indication of how well the internal organs are functioning.
- Complete blood count—This measures the total white and red cell values and is useful in determining problems such as anemia and infection.
- Blood gases—This measures the oxygen and carbon dioxide content of the blood, which indicates how well the patient is ventilated.
- Thyroid testing—The thyroid gland produces hormones responsible for your pet’s metabolism. Having too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) can cause a host of health issues including weight gain or loss, skin and coat issues, lethargy, or hyperactivity.
- Other hormone assays—We can also measure cortisol levels, which indicate the health of the adrenal glands.
- Electrolyte testing—Electrolytes are the sodium, potassium, and chloride molecules found in the body that are important in maintaining proper cellular and organ function.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)—An electrocardiogram is a noninvasive means of measuring characteristics of the heart and heartbeats. It can give an indication of damage or irregularity. All Pets Animal Hospital’s veterinarians use the ECG with heart patients, pets under anesthesia, and pets that are in critical condition.
- Urinalysis—Analysis of urine provides much information about the health of many different organs, especially the kidneys. It is also necessary in evaluating diabetes mellitus, bladder infections, urinary stones, and certain types of cancer.
- Parasite testing—Our lab can check samples for the presence of heartworm, intestinal worms, mites, and other parasites.
- Diagnostic cytology—This is a microscopic exam of tissue samples. Examples include tumor aspirates, skin scraping for parasites, analysis of exudate from the ear or on the skin, and analysis of fecal material or any other material excreted by the body.
- Infectious agent testing—Some of the infections we can test for include parvovirus in dogs and feline leukemia and FIV in cats.
All Pets Animal Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care for your pets, and our in-house lab is well equipped to meet their diagnostic needs.