Veterinary lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose sickness or injuries in a pet that a physical exam alone cannot detect.
Pets begin to have health problems associated with the aging process just like humans do. But with more frequent veterinary care and appropriate testing, medical problems can be caught early and treated properly so your pet can live a longer, healthier life!
Here's what we offer:
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
The CBC tests for anemia, infection, inflammation and overall healthiness of the blood cells. It also evaluates the number and type of cells in circulation. White blood cells (WBC’s) help fight infection or inflammation. Red Blood cells (RBC’s) carry oxygen to the tissues. Platelets are responsible for clotting. Any increases or decreases to these parameters can occur secondary to many other diseases processes.
The chemistry panel surveys many of the organ systems of the body to make sure they are working normally.
LIVER: AST, ALT, ALP, Total Bilirubin, Cholesterol, Proteins are all liver tests. This group of tests helps evaluate various functions and health of the liver. Decreased liver function, inflammation, infection and neoplasia (abnormal growth of cells) of the liver and gall bladder may be detected by one of all of these tests.
KIDNEY: BUN, Creatinine, Phosphorus, Amylase, Albumin, Globulin. These tests monitor the function and health of the kidneys. They are most helpful and sensitive for detecting kidney disease when combined with a urinalysis.
PANCREAS: Glucose, Amylase, Lipase, Triglyceride… These values are abnormal with diseases of the pancreas or carbohydrate metabolism. Examples include diabetes and pancreatitis.
BONE: Calcium and Phosphorus are helpful in determining the health of bone metabolism. Elevated calcium (hypercalcemia) can occur in diseases related to the kidneys, parathyroid gland, and cancer (neoplasia).
MUSCLE: CPK and AST are abnormal with muscle damage, trauma or inflammation.
Electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus) These are important in monitoring the electrical, water balance and cellular health of the body. A deficiency or an excess of these electrolytes are harmful to the animal’s physical and mental well-being.
Thyroid testing can be found to be high in cases of hyperthyroidism (cats) and hypothyroidism (dogs). This is a metabolic function test.
A urinalysis evaluates the concentrating ability of the kidneys and will check for common parameters. Protein can be a sign of early kidney disease. WBC or bacteria are signs of infection. Crystals can correspond to stones within the bladder or the kidney. RBC can be indicative of bleeding, inflammation, or a tumor. If a pet is showing clinical signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) then a urine culture can be performed.
Canine 4DX SNAP Test
This test will monitor for Heartworm, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Lyme disease. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitos. Ticks will transmit Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Lyme disease. This test should be performed once a year.
Fecal (Ova and Parasites)
A fecal sample will test for common intestinal parasites including Roundworms, Tapeworms, Whipworms, Coccidia, and Giardia. Roundworms and Giardia are transmissible to people. It is important to have this test performed every six months as a preventative diagnostic.
Your veterinarian will determine which lab tests are appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle. Call us at (516) 379-5010 for questions, or to book your pet's next visit at Baldwin Harbor Animal Hospital.