We are able to perform tests in house in emergent situations, or send in samples to our advanced outside diagnostic laboratory to receive results as soon as the next day. These tests allow us to check red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet numbers, as well as the chemistry of the blood, including proteins, electrolytes, liver values, kidney values, heartworm status, and much more.
We are able to perform fine-needle aspirates on masses, skin cytology and ear cytology in house, and examine them under the microscope. If we are suspicious of something concerning, we may recommend a second opinion. We are able to submit samples to our advanced outside diagnostic laboratory, where a board-certified pathologist will review it. We are also able to submit masses removed surgically for biopsy.
Chronic ear infections, wound infections, and chronic skin cases often benefit from a bacterial and/or fungal culture. We submit these to our outside diagnostic laboratory to isolate the cause, and determine the best course of treatment.
Cancer is the most common cause of death in dogs over the age of two. There is a new test available for at-risk breeds, It is a blood test that detects tumor markers in the bloodstream, similar to those that are used in human medicine. The test can be used as part of annual wellness checks of dogs around 7 years and up (especially in high-risk breeds), or if cancer is suspected.
High risk breeds: Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Flat Coated Retrievers, Beagles, Burmese Mountain dogs, Rottweilers, and more.
You can read more about this test HERE.
There is also a new test available for cats that have evidence of gastrointestinal changes noted on ultrasound. This can help us differentiate between Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Intestinal Lymphoma. You can read more about that test HERE.
Studies show that animals and humans with cancer typically have a deficiency of vitamin D. When a pet has been diagnosed with cancer, or we are suspicious, we can test their vitamin D levels, as well as their B12/folate and magnesium, and supplement accordingly. Learn more about this HERE
To learn more about the vaccine titer testing we offer, click HERE.
There are many other tests not listed here!