Greece Animal Hospital offers an onsite veterinary laboratory for convenient and rapid test results. For advanced testing, we work with an area specialty laboratory and offer daily courier service to address our patient needs.
Our thoughtful, progressive approach to pet care includes appropriate diagnostic testing for each life stage.
Diagnostic Laboratory Testing
We perform most routine diagnostic tests in our laboratory, for fast results. The following lab tests are most common in pet wellness care, as well as for early diagnosis of developing diseases. These blood and urine tests provide invaluable information about overall pet health:
Complete blood cell count (CBC)
Evaluates the number and condition of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, white blood cells can indicate presence of an infection, and platelets influence blood clotting.
Blood chemistry panel (Chem 18)
Provides information about internal organs and metabolic health including liver, kidney, and diabetes screening; as well as electrolyte levels for potassium, sodium, and chloride.
Evaluates various hormone levels to determine if they are causing specific disease such as diabetes, thyroid disease and cushings disease
Signals presence of urinary crystals, urinary tract infection, or diabetes.
There are several ways to collect a urine sample from your companion animals. One is to simply catch a sample in a clean container. Depending on the health concerns involved, your veterinarian may prefer to collect a urine sample using a sterile catheter or by performing a cystocentesis, where a sterile needle is passed through the skin and into the bladder. These methods yield a very clean sample and are well tolerated by dogs and cats.
Fecal analysis is the microscopic evaluation of feces. This is recommended for all animals as part of a yearly health exam as well as for all puppies and kittens. The test is also performed for pets with diarrhea, straining, lack of appetite, or vomiting.
Fecal examinations are used primarily to detect microscopic gastrointestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, Giardia, coccidia and tapeworms. Repeated fecal examinations may be necessary to detect some elusive parasites. Your veterinarian is then able to prescribe appropriate medications and de-wormers to treat any parasites that have been detected on the fecal examination.
In order to perform this test, a fecal sample needs to be obtained. The easiest way to do this is to pick up a sample of fresh (less than 24 hours old) feces after your pet has eliminated.
These basic tests generally provide an overall picture of patient health. Our team uses a gentle approach to such lab testing, carefully taking blood from even the most anxious pet.
When We Use Lab Tests
Typically, laboratory diagnostic testing can be expected when your pet is:
Showing symptoms of illness
Examined after a trauma, such as a car accident or fall
Demonstrating a dramatic change in behavior, weight, or overall condition
Receiving a senior exam
First-time patients and new puppies and kittens may need diagnostic lab work if they show symptoms of illness or have an unknown health history. Our veterinarians will take the time to outline the need for any tests and always explain the results.
We recommend this video about blood tests for pets.