Laboratory

By August 4, 2017

Our lab offers many convenient services for our clients. We have the capability to do nearly all tests in our house laboratory. Virtually any other test or diagnostics needed are sent to Idexx Veterinary Laboratories. Lab work is sent overnight and results are faxed back in short order.

Basic, Comprehensive, Kidney, Avian and Exotic Panels:

These panels give the veterinarian a base line of values for organ functions. They may alert the doctor to the presence of dehydration, anemia, infection, diabetes, kidney or liver disease. State-of-the-art equipment enables us to perform these profiles at our clinic.

Clotting Profile:

This blood test compares the clotting time of an animal suspected of having a clotting deficiency with that of a known healthy animal.

Heartworm Test:

This is a simple blood test drawn at yearly wellness exams to check for the presence of heartworm antigens in dogs and sometimes cats and ferrets. Our canine test also includes three tick borne diseases, Lymes, Anaplasma & Erlichia.

Thyroid Test:

A Thyroid Test checks the level of thyroid hormone in a pet’s blood stream. This is often done on pets who are hypo- or hyperthyroid.

ACTH Stimulation Test:

For this test your pet must stay at our clinic for several hours. An ACTH Stimulation Test checks the function of the adrenal glands.

Blood Glucose Curve:

This is a series of glucose tests done on diabetic animals. Your pet will need to spend the day at our clinic.

FeLV/FIV Test:

This is a blood test to determine if a cat is negative or positive for Feline Leukemia or FIV.

Fungal Culture:

Fungal cultures are performed on pets with skin problems. The doctor will use a surgical blade to collect a skin sample, they will then put the sample on a culture plate to see if any fungi grow.

Bacterial Culture:

By doing a bacterial culture, veterinarians can better decide which antibiotics to use for such things as skin infections or urinary tract infections.

Urinalysis:

If a pet is showing signs of kidney or urinary problem we can perform a urinalysis on a small sample of their urine. We look for such things as red and white blood cells, the concentration, pH, Keytones, bilirubin, glucose, creatinine, protein, casts, and crystals.

Fecal Floats, Smears, and Cyology:

These tests are run for a few different reasons. We look for intestinal parasites and microorganisms such as abnormal bacteria, Coccidia, Giardia, and Trichomonas.

Skin Scrapings:

When a pet has a skin problem the veterinarian often scrapes the skin with a surgical blade and looks at the sample under the microscope. This helps them see if things like bacteria or yeast are present.