Blood, Urine and Fecal Testing
Bloodwork, urinalysis and fecal testing are common tools for us to access the health status of your pet. Further diagnostic testing may be recommended based on the results of these tests.
Bloodwork (Total body function includes CBC and Chemistry)
A CBC measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets of your pet. The values and types of these cells give us information needed to help diagnose anemia, infections and leukemia.
Blood chemistry panels measure electrolytes, liver and kidney enzymes, and chemical substances such as glucose, calcium and phosphorous. Thyroid levels and pancreatic values are often included in the testing when indicated. This information helps your veterinarian determine how various organs, such as the kidneys, pancreas, and liver, are currently functioning. These blood tests help us diagnosis a problem, prescribe proper therapy, and monitor the response to treatment. Further diagnostic testing may be recommended based on the results of these tests.
Laboratory analysis of urine can detect the presence of one or more specific substances that normally do not appear in urine or should be at minimal quantities, such as protein, sugar, white blood cells or blood. Measuring the concentration of urine is also helpful in diagnosing the presence and stage of kidney disease. Urinalysis can also assist the veterinarian in the diagnosis of urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, crystalluria (struvite or calcium oxalate crystals), kidney disease, and many other conditions.
Fecal Analysis (Intestinal Parasite Screening)
Intestinal parasite screening uses a small sample of stool collected from your pet to check for the presence of worms, parasite eggs and one celled organisms such as coccidian and giardia. The fecal analysis should be done for all new pets, yearly as part of the annual wellness exam and in times of digestive irregularity