Overview of Laboratory Diagnostics
Unfortunately, pets can’t tell us where it hurts, and oftentimes, a healthy-appearing animal may be masking symptoms of disease or illness. We recommend veterinary diagnostic testing to identify any problems and to begin treatment as early as possible. These tests are especially helpful when symptoms are unspecific or hard to define.
When would laboratory work be needed?
Most laboratory work is done through routine wellness exams as directed by the doctor. For sick or injured pets, we can perform in-house laboratory analysis to determine the best course of action in the moment.
We may recommend regular tests to determine your pet’s health. If any concerns or conditions are found, we will help you decide on proper treatment. If your pet is showing irregular behavior, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors will determine which laboratory services are appropriate during your exam.
How do veterinarians use laboratory work?
To ensure a proper diagnosis, we first perform a comprehensive physical examination.
We may need to perform blood, urine and fecal (stool) tests to assess the organs, blood cells and screen for parasites. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic testing.
For lumps and bumps, we may need to take a sample to determine if the lump should be removed.
If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a medical assessment.