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Convenient Service, Reliable Results

In addition to our diagnostic imaging tools, Companion Animal Hospital houses an on-site laboratory to provide our clients with quick and reliable service. Our testing includes:

  • Blood chemistry panel

    This is a series of tests that provide information about your pet’s internal organs and metabolic health. It’s useful in screening for liver or kidney disease and to assess current levels of sodium, potassium, and chloride.

  • Complete blood cell count (CBC)

    The CBC reveals the number and condition of your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC can be used to indicate anemia, infection, or issues with blood clotting.

  • Stool analysis

    Examining your pet’s stool helps us identify parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.

  • Urine analysis

    With only a small sample, we can learn much about your pet’s kidney function and look for evidence of a urinary tract infection or diabetes. This test is often performed along with a CBC and blood chemistry panel to provide a complete picture of your pet’s overall health.

We also recommend testing for the following conditions, which are common among cats and/or dogs:

  • Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)

    This disease can be diagnosed by conducting a simple blood test called an ELISA, which identifies FeLV proteins in the blood. This test is highly sensitive and can identify infections at a very early stage.

  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

    An FIV infection is often diagnosed by a blood test which looks for the presence of antibodies. Your veterinarian will interpret the results and determine whether additional testing is required.

  • Heartworm/Lyme disease testing

    This important test requires only a small blood sample to screen for both conditions. Further tests may be ordered if a positive result is returned. Learn more about heartworms by visiting our Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention page.

Laboratory Equipment

Microscope

When to Test

Your veterinarian may recommend testing in the following situations:

  • Preparing for surgery or a procedure involving anesthesia
  • Displaying symptoms of illness
  • Following a trauma
  • Dramatic changes in weight or behavior
  • Routine senior pet care

Monitoring Blood Pressure

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a significant health concern for which there are many underlying causes. Through a fairly quick and easy process, we can check your pet’s blood pressure and alert you to any potential issues or concerns. We recommend routine blood pressure screening for acute and chronically ill pets, as well as pets entering their senior years.

On the Web

American Veterinary Medical Association:

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