Comprehensive Veterinary Laboratory Services for Pets
PawSteps Veterinary Center uses both in-house laboratory equipment and commercial testing services to provide comprehensive testing and rapid results. Diagnostic testing for electrolytes and chemistries are done with state-of-the art equipment in the hospital and can be available within minutes.
Routine Wellness Veterinary Lab Tests
Some of the routine laboratory services offered in-house at PawSteps Veterinary Center include:
- Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) screening—As long as the screening comes back negative, vaccinating your cat against feline leukemia may be recommended depending on his or her unique risk factors.
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) testing—We recommend all cats are tested for this deadly and incurable disease, as it can be well managed with proper medical attention.
- Heartworm screening—Even dogs on preventive medications should be tested once per year to ensure they do not have a heartworm infection
- Intestinal parasite screening—Dogs and cats can contract harmful intestinal worms that should be checked for at least once a year. Our lab screens fecal samples for worms and other parasites that commonly afflict pets.
- Tick-borne disease testing—Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are some of the diseases ticks can transmit to pets and humans.
- Senior pet blood work—As pets age, routine monitoring of organ function becomes even more important.
Diagnostic Veterinary Lab Tests
When pets are ill, fast diagnostic tests allow our team to accurately pinpoint the pet’s condition so treatment procedures can begin as soon as possible. Diagnostic testing we offer includes:
- Urinalysis—Testing on urine samples gives our team information on a pet’s organ function and can provide an indication of infection or disease.
- Complete blood counts (CBC)—This test gives information on the types and quantities of normal blood cells present. It can give our team much information including an indication of infection, anemia, and some forms of cancer.
- Blood chemistry and electrolytes—Measuring the balance of normal blood chemicals and electrolytes gives our team a significant amount of information on organ function and can indicate numerous medical conditions.
- Cytology—Through microscopic examination of cells, we can screen for cancer or detect infection or inflammation in the area being sampled.
- Bacterial culture and antibiotic sensitivity—To determine which bacteria is causing an infection and to select the antibiotic that would best eliminate the infection, our team may run a bacterial culture with antibiotic sensitivity testing.
- Diabetes diagnosis and insulin monitoring—Pets can experience diabetes similar to humans. With diagnosis and regular monitoring, pets can continue to live a long and full life.
- Hormone testing—Pets can also experience imbalances in hormone levels resulting in hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or Cushing’s disease.
- Histology—This microscopic examination of tumor cells by a pathologist can determine if a mass is cancerous or benign.
With the ability to process blood work, cell samples, urinalysis, and fecal samples on-site, our team can quickly check a pet’s organ function, screen for infectious disease, check for bacterial, fungal, or viral infections, screen for cancer, and complete many other important tests for the best diagnostic information.
PawSteps Veterinary Center is committed to providing the highest possible diagnostic evaluations for your pets.