Veterinary Laboratory and Pharmacy
Our hospital has a fully operational laboratory. This means that all routine medical tests can be run within 15 minutes after the order is given by one of our doctors. Our blood machines can run a full complete blood count (CBC), serum biochemistry panel, and a full blood coagulation profile. Other tests that we provide include: fecal flotations, urinalysis, skin scrapes for parasites, skin and ear cytologies, heartworm tests, tests for feline retroviruses (FeLV/FIV), blood and fecal smears and many, many more. One test that many clients find fascinating is our ability to perform a fine needle aspirate and cytology to diagnose what that “thing” is on your pet’s skin. This involves placing a fine gauge needle into the mass to withdraw cells, transferring the cells to a slide and then examining those cells under the microscope. This is a non-invasive test that can give us a wealth of information so that we can appropriately plan the surgery to remove the mass.
Our doctors also have the capability to send out samples for any further testing that your pet may need. We often send out tissue biopsies, endocrine panels, urinary stone analyses and many other tests. These tests usually take anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days to receive the results. Your doctor will advise you on when your results will be ready.
Our hospital also has a fully operational and stocked Pharmacy. We have everything from flea medication to arthritis medication. We are happy to discuss your pet’s medication with you at any time. Does your pet hate pills? We can coach you on all of the tricks of the trade to help make medication less stressful and easier on your family. If our tips and tricks do not work, we can discuss your pet’s medication with our compounding pharmacy to help make a formulation that works better for your pet. Most medications can be compounded into a more palatable liquid or treat to make things easier. We are here to help so feel free to ask questions!
Itchy Pet Awareness
Itchy Pet Awareness Month may be over, but it is always good to keep an eye out for your pet’s health when it comes to allergies and skin conditions. Frequent licking, excessive rolling, ear problems, hair loss, body odor, and skin changes are all common symptoms. If you spot any of these Itchy signs in your pet, call us today to schedule a skin health checkup!