Diagnostic In-House Laboratory

Independence Equine and Small Animal Clinic offers an in-house veterinary laboratory, with access to specialty laboratories for advanced testing needs. For example, pathology services for tumor diagnosis, fungal disease testing and testing fort gastrointestinal disorders.

Independence Equine and Small Animal Clinic offers an in-house veterinary laboratory, with access to specialty laboratories for advanced testing needs. For example, pathology services for tumor diagnosis, fungal disease testing and testing fort gastrointestinal disorders.

 

Diagnostic Testing for Pets

 

Blood work and urinalysis are the most common type of diagnostic testing done at Independence. A small amount of blood and urine from your pet can provide invaluable information about its overall health.

 

CBC—The complete blood cell count (CBC) tells us about your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. These cell numbers can tell the doctors if your pet has an infection, is anemic or has a clotting problem due to low platelets. Abnormal numbers of certain white blood cells can also indicate certain types of cancer.

 

Blood chemistry panel—A blood chemistry panel provides a general picture of overall well- being of your furry companion. The chemistry panel offers information about internal organ function and thyroid health. A chemistry panel typically tests blood sugar, protein, kidney and liver function and damage, pancreatic and thyroid health.

 

Urinalysis—A urinalysis helps evaluate your pet’s bladder and kidney function. It can tell if your pet has a bladder infection, evidence of a bladder stone, kidney disease and even diabetes. Depending on the health concerns involved, your veterinarian may prefer to collect a urine sample by performing ultrasound guided 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.

 

It is common to pair bloodwork with a urinalysis to get a complete picture of your pet’s health.