LABORATORY

Our modern diagnostic equipment and tests on-site include:

  • blood gas
  • eye tonometry
  • blood chemistry and complete blood count
  • cross match kits for blood transfusion
  • ethylene glycol test for antifreeze poisoning,
  • SNAP for feline leukemia, parvo, and heartworm/lyme/ehrlichia
  • non invasive blood pressure and ECG
  • fecal, urinalysis, x-ray and more!
  • Pre-anesthetic profiles are also performed in house and are recommended for all pets undergoing surgery. A current profile of your pet’s blood chemistry is a valuable tool used in evaluating your pet’s fitness prior to undergoing anesthesia. In cases of the extremely ill or geriatric patients, we recommend a complete blood count, a full chemistry, and thyroid panel prior to undergoing anesthesia. Should the results indicate a problem with any of these values, the anesthesia may be adjusted or the procedure re-evaluated.
  • Specialized blood tests and biopsies are sent to an outside lab with results available usually within 24 hours.

RADIOLOGY
Our on site X-ray capabilities allow our veterinarians to quickly and thoroughly evaluate your pet should he/she become sick within minutes. X-rays are the primary tool utilized to determine the presence of a blockage or foreign body. Through the use of x-rays, we are able to assess the muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems.

TONOMETRY
An important piece of equipment that we have is a Tonopen.  This is a small instrument that accurately checks your pet for glaucoma. We put a drop of local anesthesia on your pet’s eyes prior to taking their intraocular pressure reading with the tonopen, so your pet will not be bothered by the test.  Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in dogs.  Glaucoma can present slowly or quickly.  Acute cases are ocular emergencies- immediate diagnosis and treatment can prevent blindness.