Blood tests are an essential part of diagnosing what is ailing your pet, just as they are in human medicine. Blood tests can tell the veterinarian many things, from whether your pet is dehydrated to whether he or she has anemia to whether your cat or dog is suffering from kidney or liver diseases.
Common blood tests used by veterinarians
A complete blood count (CBC) and blood chemistries are used routinely to assess the health of your pet's internal organ function. Valuable information is gained from knowing the results of these tests. A CBC will give us a white blood cell count, red blood cell count, packed cell volume, and platelet count. A blood chemistry panel will assess your pet's kidneys, liver, electrolyte levels, and proteins among other values. Other specialized tests may be performed to check thyroid function. A reference lab is also used for diagnostic tests that we may not be able to run on premise.
Benefits of in-house diagnostics and bloodwork
When your pet is sick, you don't want to wait for days to get the results of blood tests to begin treatment. Neither do you want to drive all around Hoover from the vet's office to the lab and back. Our in-house diagnostic lab decreases the time and energy necessary to get your pet the blood tests he or she needs. Plus, you'll get the results much more quickly than if you use an outside lab. We also believe it's easier for your pet to only deal with one technician and one visit than to have him or her visit two separate facilities.
Having a sick pet can be a scary thing. After all, they are part of the family. Lake Crest Animal Clinic wants to ease some of your anxiety and get your pet on the road to wellness quickly. That's why we've invested in an in-house diagnostic lab. Call us today at (205) 403-4003 to learn more about our in-house testing lab or to make an appointment for your pet.