Whetstone Animal Hospital employs technology and diagnostic practices that benefit your pet’s health. Our in-house laboratory helps us to identify the source of problems your pet may be experiencing. Routine screenings for healthy animals are also fundamental to preventive care.
In-House Laboratory Testing
Our on-site, in-house laboratory allows us to provide you with results quickly and efficiently.
We routinely perform:
- Blood tests: Complete blood counts (CBCs) evaluate white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Chemistry profile testing helps us to evaluate liver and kidney health, glucose (blood sugar), electrolytes, thyroid hormone levels, blood protein levels, and more.
- Urine analysis
- Heartworm and Tick-Borne Disease testing (click here for more information)
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) testing
- Fecal (stool) analysis identifies the presence of intestinal parasites. It is important to the health of your dog or cat to keep them free from worms or other intestinal parasites. Of greater concern, some of these parasites can be transferred to humans, and children are particularly vulnerable. The best prevention in both dogs and cats is annual intestinal parasite testing, as well as monthly de-worming with a product that is designed to prevent both heartworms and intestinal parasites. At Whetstone Animal Hospital we use the most accurate method of parasite screening, Centrifugation with Sheather’s Sugar Solution. While this technique is more laborious and time consuming, it greatly improves the level of accuracy to protect you and your pet.
Off-Site Laboratory Testing
The spectrum of tests available in the veterinary field is as large as in human medicine. We use several outside laboratories for more advanced testing that we are unable to run in-house. Histopathology and cytology (identification of tissues or cells, often involving cancer), blood levels of certain therapeutic drugs (phenobarbital, bromide), and blood titer levels (fungal diseases, FIP) are examples of laboratory testing that is sent out. Most results are available within a couple of days.
More information on Blood Testing
The American Veterinary Medical Association has an excellent short YouTube video on blood testing in pets. Click the icon at the left to view.