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In-House Pet Laboratory

Rely on Animal Kindness Veterinary Hospital‘s in-house lab for swift, accurate results. Our advanced equipment ensures timely diagnostics, guiding precise treatment plans for your pet’s health needs.

Advanced In-Hospital Laboratory Services for Your Pet’s Health and Rapid Diagnosis

When your pet becomes suddenly ill or in the event of an emergency, timely diagnostic test results are significant to help your veterinarian determine the best treatment plan. We have state-of-the-art in-hospital laboratory equipment capable of yielding lab results within minutes. Baseline laboratory testing for your sick pet may include:

  • Determination of blood cell counts: Changes in white blood cell counts, red blood cell counts, and platelet counts can indicate problems such as anemia, dehydration, infection, auto-immune disease, and certain types of cancerous conditions.
  • Blood chemistry tests: These tests assess liver function, kidney function, blood sugar, blood proteins, calcium and phosphorus levels, and pancreatic function.
  • Electrolyte tests: Sodium, potassium, and chloride levels may be abnormal when your pet is dehydrated or has fluid losses through vomiting or diarrhea. Intravenous fluids and supplementation may be indicated when electrolytes are severely deranged.
  • SNAP tests: Point-of-care “snap” tests are available for certain infectious diseases such as Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and Canine Parvovirus.
  • Coagulation tests: These tests detect deficiency in clotting disorders, which can be present in cases of certain kinds of rodenticide poisoning and severe liver disease/failure.
  • Microscopy: Microscopic evaluation of bodily fluids including blood, urine; samples of skin and ear secretions, and needle biopsies of swellings or tumors can be performed in-clinic to assist in the diagnosis of systemic diseases, urinary disorders, skin and ear diseases, and differentiation of benign vs. cancerous tumors.

Our veterinary team will help explain which tests are most important for your pet. We must include you in the decision-making process for your pet, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question if you need clarification.