Pet pain exists in a wide variety of circumstances, but our goal is to effectively manage or completely eliminate the pain experience for our patients. From surgical anesthesia to managing pain from injuries and illness, we are dedicated to the comfort and safety of your beloved dogs and cats.
Animals instinctively hide their pain, thereby masking symptoms of a health problem. Our veterinarians and staff are experienced in detecting pet pain and diagnosing the source of the problem. Some symptoms of pain in dogs and cats include:
- Loss of appetite
- Refusal to play
- Excessive licking or biting a body part
- Howling, whining, or vocalizing
Diagnostic Testing for Pets
A variety of diagnostic tests can be performed in our laboratory, but there are a few tests that are standard in wellness care and in the early diagnosis of developing health problems.
Blood tests—Blood work is the most common type of diagnostic testing. A small amount of blood from your pet can provide invaluable information about its overall health.
CBC—The complete blood cell count (CBC) tells us about the number and condition of your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the tissues of the body; too many white blood cells can indicate infection; and too few platelets may indicate problems with blood clotting.
Blood chemistry panel—A blood chemistry panel provides a general picture of overall health in your pet, providing information about the internal organs and metabolic health. A chemistry panel typically includes these tests: screening for liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes mellitus; assessing electrolyte levels such as sodium, potassium, and chloride; and evaluation of thyroid function.
Urine analysis—A urine analysis reveals quite a bit about your pet’s kidney function, such as evidence 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.
Often, we perform several tests together for a complete picture of your pet’s overall health.
Pet Meds from Our Pharmacy
Our in-house pharmacy gives you the benefit of starting pet medications immediately, to eliminate pain and treat the source of discomfort. We stock a broad spectrum of veterinary pharmaceuticals, to relieve pain and assist in recovery from illness or surgery, as well as prescription diets.
Refill orders can be phoned in for quick and efficient pick-up. We also offer home delivery for online refills from our online pharmacy.