While a hands-on examination by a veterinary professional is key to your pet's wellness program, many conditions cannot be diagnosed without the assistance of lab tests. Blood tests for heartworm, urinalysis to check for kidney and bladder health, cultures, and fecal analysis for the presence of parasites, as well as complete blood chemistry and advanced diagnostics to determine the overall health of your pet can be performed at Parkville Heights Animal Hospital.
Parkville Heights Animal Hospital has a fully equipped, state-of-the-art lab capable in many instances of providing test results in mere minutes. We recommend that dogs and cats undergo laboratory testing yearly. For pets in their senior years and those on certain medications, we recommend laboratory testing every six months.
Laboratory testing at Parkville Heights Animal Hospital includes:
Complete Blood Cell Count - A CBC test helps in the diagnosis of bacterial and viral infections, anemia, clotting problems, and other abnormalities of the blood.
Chemistry Profile - A chemistry profile is a screen for how well the individual organs are functioning and indicates the presence of disease. Abnormal results suggest systemic disorders such as diabetes, kidney disease, pancreatitis and liver disease.
Thyroid Hormone Test - This is used to evaluate thyroid gland function. Hyperthyroidism is a common disorder in cats. Hypothyroidism is a common disorder in dogs. Thankfully it is a treatable disease in both the dog and cat.
Urinalysis - Macroscopic and microscopic evaluations are used as an index of kidney function as well as an all-purpose screen for systemic diseases and infections. The presence of blood, crystals, and/or bacteria in the urine may indicate stones or an urinary tract infection.
Parasite Evaluation - This is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces used to diagnose the intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and giardia.