In-House Lab Assists Accurate, Quick Diagnosis
Our laboratory is used for routine visits, as well as urgent cases and critically ill patients. We have a full in-house laboratory complete with fecal centrifugation, CBC analyzer, microscope, Dif-Quik staining for cytology, chemistry analyzer, digital X-ray machine, MetRx otoscope, EKG and ultrasound.
Wellness screenings, complete blood counts, and certain chemistry profiles, such as progesterone (P4) and cholesterol, are performed in-house. An outside laboratory is utilized for a variety of other diagnostic tests, including pathology reviews.
Pre–operative bloodwork can be done the day of a surgical procedure for the owner’s convenience.
Common lab procedures include:
- Periodic liver checks for dogs taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Lab checks every six months for cats with hyperthyroidism.
- Lab checks every six months for dogs on medication for hypothyroidism.
- Lab checks are initially done every 5 to 10 days for Cushing’s disease, then every three months once stable.
- Epilepsy is checked every six months. For pets being treated with phenobarbital, an initial check is done two weeks after starting medication and every six months once stable.
- A glucose curve is done for diabetes. Pets are dropped off in the morning and serial blood glucose levels are checked throughout the day to compare blood sugar levels to the related amount of insulin given. After the initial glucose curve, follow up ones are performed every three months.
For more information, please call us at (317) 881-3125.