It is important to have fast and correct diagnostic tools. We do a lot of in-house lab work, and have an ASAP status with the out-sourced lab, we get most of our lab work faster than in the human medical field.
WHAT DO THE LABORITY TEST RESULTS TELL MY VET?
A urinalysis can detect the presence of diabetes, kidney disease, infections, liver disorders, poisons or bladder problems.
A CBC (complete blood count) determines the number of red blood cells and can detect anemia or internal bleeding. It also determines the number and type of white blood cells that help detect infection, inflammation or a blood disorder. A CBC can also help monitor your pet’s status when recovering from an illness or while receiving treatment.
A differential is a microscopic evaluation of the different types of white blood cells that aid in the detection of allergies, infection and immune responses.
Chemistry profiles test the levels of liver and kidney enzymes, cholesterol, glucose, calcium, proteins, electrolytes and many other chemicals to determine how your pet’s internal organs and hormone glands are functioning.
Serology tests determine antigen and antibody reactions of allergies or specific animal viral diseases such as Parvovirus in dogs and Feline Leukemia or feline AIDS in cats.
Bacterial cultures will test for the presence of many kinds of bacteria and the type of antibiotics that are required to treat the problems successfully.
Tissue specimens are sent to a veterinary pathologist to determine the presence of cancer cells, inflammation and auto-immune diseases.
Cytology examinations can determine specific types of cells in cysts, tumors and specific body fluids.
VISUAL DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS
We have an ultrasound unit along with digital radiography in our practice ready at our convenience. The results are read by our staff, which gives us immediate results. Radiographs (X-Rays) are very useful tool in locating a tumor or diagnosing the metastasizing of disease. Ultrasound is an other more thorough tool which is more detailed, can be dialed in, and has a measuring tool.
We have the capability of performing CAT scan and MRI. We can usually get the procedure scheduled within 24 to 48 hours. CAT scan (Computerized Axial Tomography), the unit we currently have access to is the latest generation available. With a CAT scan your pet will be put under general anesthesia. MRI (Magnetic Resonant Imaging), we have access to a 1.5 Tesla closed unit, the highest resolution for general imaging available. With a MRI your pet will be put under injectable sedation.