We offer both in-house and laboratory testing for all of our patients. We have the newest in blood machine technology and are able to provide blood results the same day for our patients if needed.
We also do in-house:
- Urine testing
- Skin testing (cytology)
- Ear swab
- And more
In certain situations, we may decide to send the blood, urine, skin, etc. to our highly qualified laboratory for more intensive testing. We strive to provide you with results and answers to help treat your pet as soon as possible.
This process starts with you bringing in a stool (poop) sample from your pet for us to examine. Please note we do not need a huge amount! (A quarter size is sufficient) This is especially important for younger animals as they often have acquired gastrointestinal parasites from their mothers during nursing.
These can include:
- And others
These can cause failure to gain weight or weight loss, diarrhea, bloody feces, vomiting, and anemia in animals. Some of these parasites can also be transmitted to humans – especially roundworms to young children – so it is very important to test for and treat your pets.
Some of the parasites can be seen by you in the feces, but more often we only see the parasite eggs when we look at the feces under the microscope. It is important to check the fecal sample yearly as well, since the parasites do not shed their eggs every single time the animal defecates. This means that your pet could be carrying parasites and no one would know it if we do not check the fecal sample regularly.
Taking x-rays is often an important and crucial part of helping to determine what is wrong with your pet when they are ill. We have a digital x-ray unit which is the most up-to-date and modern form of x-ray available in veterinary medicine. This allows us to take and to develop the x-ray pictures much more rapidly than the older types of machines. It is also safer for your pet as we usually need to take fewer pictures to get an answer than with the older machines. We can then enlarge, lighten or darken the image and see much more with these machines as well. When finished taking the x-rays, the doctor will go over them with you and show you any areas of concern. In certain situations, we may even want to send the x-rays for a second opinion to be sure of our diagnosis and this is easily done with the computerized digital x-ray. The x-rays are also stored in a backup system on our computer in case we need to see them for comparison in the future.
TESTING FOR FELINE LEUKEMIA AND FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (FELINE AIDS)
We offer a simple blood test to ensure that your cat has not contracted one or both of these fatal viruses. The cats we most commonly use this test on are recently acquired strays or shelter cats, cats that go outside and fight regularly, cats whose vaccinations have not been kept up to date, and kittens that were born from stray mothers. The test is very fast and you can receive its results within minutes.