Quality Pet Care Includes Our Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for Rapid Results
Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital offers in-house laboratory services providing immediate results for CBC, full blood chemistry, hematology, blood clotting time, serology, urinalysis, and parasite testing.
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Some common wellness tests we perform at our hospital include the following:
- CBC (complete blood count)—Measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in a sample; these numbers give us information to help diagnose infections, anemia, and leukemia
- Chemistry panel—Measures electrolytes, enzymes, and chemical elements such as calcium and phosphorous levels; these measurements help determine how the animal’s organs (kidneys, pancreas, and liver) are functioning
- Urinalysis—Helps detect the presence of notable substances such as protein, sugar, white blood cells, or blood; the concentration of urine can also indicate a possible illness. Urinalysis helps diagnose urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems, and more
- Fecal exam—To detect the presence of intestinal parasites or blood in the stool, twice annually as recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council
- Blood parasite screen—Tests for heartworm and tick-borne diseases
- FeLV/FIV—We perform feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, and heartworm tests on all feline patients
- cPL Screen—Detects pancreatitis
In a healthy animal, we run these laboratory tests during the initial wellness exam to establish baseline values for your pet. Then, if your pet should get sick, we compare the new lab work to the previous baseline values to determine the exact level of abnormality. A CBC and chemistry panel is recommended at least annually for senior pets aged seven or older.
Tests for Sick or Injured Pets
In sick pets, we also use laboratory tests to confirm the presence of illnesses and to rule out other diseases. Sometimes we may need to use lab tests during the treatment of a disease or illness to see how your pet is responding to treatment.
When a pet sustains an injury, laboratory tests help us monitor for infection during the recovery and healing process. Test such as these may also reveal developing diseases that may impede healing or stress-related concerns such as dehydration.
Lab Work for Surgical Patients
When a pet is scheduled for surgery, we perform pre-surgical screening tests to determine risk of complications while under general anesthesia. Screening tests of this type are recommended for all ages including young, healthy pets. Pre-anesthetic blood work alerts us to any hidden problems your pet may have, significantly minimizes the risk of surgery, and gives peace of mind.
For specialized diagnostics and consultations, we work closely with a certified veterinary laboratory.
Contact us for information about your pet’s lab work.
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