Our hospital is equipped with a full suite of the newest machinery that enables our veterinarians to quickly perform diagnostic tests on a variety of samples (ear swabs, blood, urine, feces, etc.) to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis. This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring immediate or emergency treatment.
A CBC or complete blood cell count helps us determine if a pet is dehydrated, anemic (having inadequate numbers of red blood cells), fighting off an infection, or has a clotting issue. The CBC measures the quantity and quality of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
A chemistry panel checks internal organ function. It measures a variety of chemicals and enzymes in the blood to provide general information about the status of organ health and function, especially of the liver and kidneys. The chemistry profile also shows the patient’s blood sugar level and important electrolyte levels (sodium, calcium, and potassium) in the bloodstream.
While in-house analysis is not always required or the best fit for every patient, combining this ability with our extensive outside laboratory allows us to provide the best medical care possible.