Here are some frequently utilized diagnostic and screening methods we employ. We also have a plethora of other tests at our disposal to assist in diagnosing, treating, and managing various diseases.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
This test assesses and measures the count of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It offers insights into a pet's immune response, ability to transport oxygen, and the level of platelets. It aids in pinpointing specific diseases in certain cases and assists us in deciding if surgery is suitable for your pet.
Serum blood chemistry evaluates the health of different organ systems. Through these blood tests, we can detect levels of Glucose, Proteins, Electrolytes, Cholesterol, Endocrine Levels, and Digestive Enzymes. When these results are paired with other diagnostic findings, they help identify a broad range of diseases. Annual screenings enable us to track your pet's unique health patterns, allowing us to identify potential issues before any symptoms appear. This proactive approach helps us offer timely recommendations, enhancing both the quality and longevity of your pet's life.
We analyze urine to assess hydration levels, detect infections, and identify potential kidney or bladder diseases, diabetes, and other health concerns. Urine cultures are also conducted to detect urinary tract infections and ensure we provide the right treatment.
Various tests can be conducted on fecal samples. The specific test recommended depends on the symptoms displayed or general testing guidelines. One of the most frequent tests is the fecal flotation/antigen, which screens for parasites including hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and others. It's advised to screen for parasites in feces annually, as humans can contract certain parasites from their pets.
Our facility is outfitted to provide imaging services such as x-rays and soon-to-be-available ultrasounds. These techniques offer a non-intrusive means to inspect both regular and irregular anatomical structures.
Thyroid Function Tests
We measure thyroid levels to detect hyperthyroidism in cats (overproduction of thyroid hormones) and to check for hypothyroidism in dogs (insufficient production of thyroid hormones). These measurements also help monitor the effectiveness of treatments.
Serum Bile Acid Test
This test assesses liver functionality. It can be employed to track the progression of a disease, gauge the response to treatments, or serve as a means of diagnosis.
These tests detect either the antibody against specific organisms or parts of the organism itself. For routine health checks in dogs, the heartworm and Lyme antibody tests are the most commonly administered serologic tests. In cats, screenings frequently focus on the feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus. However, we believe that annual heartworm testing is equally crucial for cats as it is for dogs.
These tests are used to help determine the cause of masses, lumps, bumps, discharge, skin, organ, or fluid abnormalities. Cells are obtained through various methods which are then stained and examined under a microscope. In some cases, a diagnosis can be made by examination of cells, while in other cases further sampling or a different test may be recommended (such as a biopsy.)
These tests assist in identifying the origins of masses, protrusions, discharges, or irregularities in skin, organs, or fluids. Cells are collected through different methods, stained, and then observed under a microscope. Sometimes, a simple cell examination can provide a diagnosis, but in other scenarios, additional sampling or another kind of test, like a biopsy, might be suggested.
We offer many other diagnostics and will discuss those with you when/if recommended for your pet.