Laboratory & Radiology
Our in house laboratory allows us to provide detailed lab results for our patients quickly.
Our health profiles examines your pets blood to look for concerns and include a complete blood count (CBC), kidney and liver function, pancreatic values, glucose (sugar) levels for diabetes as well as proteins.
Checking a urine sample can provide us information such as bacterial infections, crystals, early kidney disease and more.
There are some advanced tests that we are unable to run in house.
We partner with 2 referral labs: Idexx and Antech Diagnostics who will pick samples up from us and provide results as soon as possible.
Learn more about blood work and your pet.
Our Idexx digital radiology allows us to take clear and detailed x-ray images. Digital radiology allows us to view our images quickly, as no film processing time is required. We are able to lighten, darken, zoom, and more, to focus on certain areas. This means less images need to be taken of our patients, lowering their exposure to x-ray radiation. We can also share images digitally with clients and referral hospitals if needed.
Pet laboratory and radiology services refer to diagnostic tests and imaging procedures performed on animals, primarily dogs and cats, to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions. These services include blood tests, urine analysis, X-rays, ultrasounds, and other imaging techniques.
These services play a crucial role in identifying and diagnosing illnesses and injuries in pets. They help veterinarians assess organ function, detect diseases, locate tumors, evaluate fractures, and monitor treatment progress. Timely and accurate diagnostics lead to better treatment outcomes and improved overall pet health.
Yes, the laboratory and radiology procedures for pets are generally safe when performed by trained veterinary professionals. The equipment and techniques used are specifically designed to minimize discomfort and risk to the animals. In some cases, sedation or anesthesia may be used to ensure the safety and cooperation of the pet during the procedure.
Preparation instructions may vary depending on the specific tests or procedures your pet requires. In general, your veterinarian will provide you with detailed instructions, which may include fasting before certain blood tests or withholding food before an imaging procedure. It’s essential to follow these guidelines closely to ensure accurate results.
Most laboratory tests involve a quick blood draw or urine sample collection, which may cause minimal discomfort. Imaging procedures like X-rays and ultrasounds are non-invasive and painless. In some cases, sedation may be used to keep the pet calm and comfortable during the process.
The turnaround time for test results can vary depending on the specific tests being performed and the laboratory’s workload. In many cases, routine blood work results are available within a day or two, while more specialized tests may take longer. Your veterinarian will communicate the expected timeframe for receiving the results.
Yes, your veterinarian will share the test results with you during a follow-up appointment or over the phone. Many veterinary clinics also provide electronic copies of the results upon request.
The cost of these services can vary depending on the type of tests and procedures needed, the location of the veterinary clinic, and other factors. It’s best to contact your veterinarian or the clinic’s administrative staff to get an accurate estimate of the costs involved.
In many cases, pet insurance policies cover laboratory and radiology services as part of their comprehensive coverage. However, the extent of coverage may vary based on the insurance provider and the specific policy you have. Check with your insurance company to understand the coverage details.
No, laboratory and radiology services are important diagnostic tools, but they cannot replace a thorough physical examination by a qualified veterinarian. These services work hand-in-hand with a vet’s clinical evaluation to reach an accurate diagnosis and create a suitable treatment plan for your pet.
If you have specific questions or concerns about pet laboratory and radiology services, always reach out to your veterinarian for personalized guidance and advice.