Having a pet rewards you with a fulfilling experience, but it also entails a significant responsibility. You are responsible for taking care of their health needs. Our caring vets are here to assist you in providing the best healthcare for your pet, ensuring their well-being and happiness. As part of our service to keep your furry friends in optimal condition, we have a clinical Pathology lab.

What is clinical pathology?

The vet takes blood, tissue, or other bodily fluids to the laboratory and performs various tests. These tests determine your pet’s health and identify any potential diseases or complications. The test results guide the vet in treating your pet.

What tests are commonly conducted at a Pathology Lab?

If the vet suspects any health concerns with your pet, they will order tests on blood, urine, stool, or a tissue biopsy.

The most common tests include:

  • Ordering a blood chemistry test to monitor organ function, such as kidneys, liver, and thyroid. This test also helps determine your pet’s electrolyte levels.
  • Conducting a complete blood count to assess the quality and quantity of your pet’s red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. The results of this test provide insights into your furry friend’s overall health, indicating whether they are anemic, dehydrated, or have an infection.
  • Requesting a blood clotting times test if there are indications of a clotting problem. Uncontrolled bleeding or excessive clotting could harm your pet internally.
  • Performing a urinalysis to analyze urine for the presence of drugs, toxins, and diseases. This test helps diagnose metabolic diseases like liver disease and diabetes.
  • Sending a stool sample for fecal tests to check for internal parasites such as worms or microscopic parasites like Giardia.
  • Submitting a tissue sample for biopsy examination to determine if any abnormalities are harmful to your pet. It also aids the vet in treating conditions like skin allergies and tumors.
  • Sending samples of fluid or tissue for cultivation in the lab to identify the bacteria infecting your pet. This information enables the vet to prescribe the appropriate medication for your pet’s speedy recovery.

Specialized Pathology

Our onsite lab conducts all common pathology tests, allowing our vets to act promptly and assist your pet. We take pride in our state-of-the-art equipment and facility.

There are instances when the vet may require more specialized pathology tests. In such cases, samples are sent to an external veterinary pathology lab for testing. The turnaround time for results can vary from 12 hours to 14 days, depending on the specific test.

If you have any questions regarding the turnaround time, feel free to ask your vet at any time. We can even follow up on the test results for you.

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