In-House Laboratory Testing offered by our hospital:
Hematology Blood Tests:
CBC: The Complete Blood Count.
CBC is a hematology test that provides measurements of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The CBC is an important tool that can indicate anemia, leukemia, stress, inflammation, infections and blood clotting capabilities.
RBC: Red Blood Cells. RBC carry oxygen to the tissues of the body and removecarbon dioxide to be exhaled from the lungs.
WBC: White Blood Cells. WBC play an important role in fighting infection.
PLT: Platelets play a vital role in blood clotting.
Our in-house VetScan HM5 gives us results in just 15 minutes.
iStat (Blood Gas Analyzer)
Delivers accurate blood gas, electrolyte, chemistry and hematology results in minutes with just 2-3 drops of whole blood.
Crucial for critical care situations and exotic animals.
Provides additional information needed to monitor chronic disease patients as well as evaluate pre-anesthetic and/or ill patients.
VetScan VSpro (blood coagulation/clotting)
Our in-house laboratory includes a VetScan VSpro. It can assess PT/aPTT and Fibrinogen in less than 5 minutes which allows the Veterinarian to see how well your pet can coagulate his/her blood. Just as with humans, some animals are unable, or slow, at blood coagulation which can be a serious issue in case of surgery, accidents, or emergencies. Certain types of medication can be given to help with the coagulation process.
VetScan VS2 (chemistry analyzer)
Parameters: Vetscan VS2 uses reagent rotors where parameters are grouped according to indication-related diagnostic profiles. The Vetscan VS2 can measure clinical chemistry parameters, electrolytes and immunological tests. Each reagent rotor contains all the reagents needed to carry out a complete sample analysis.
Chemistry and what it means:
(Na+, K+, Ca2+): Electrolytes.
Identifying imbalances is critical in the evaluation of various illnesses.
ALT: Alanine Aminotransferase. Increased levels of this enzyme may be a sign of liver disease.
Reduced levels of this protein may be an indication of chronic liver or kidney disease or parasitic infection.
ALP: Alkaline Phosphatase.
Found in liver, bone, kidney and intestines. Elevated levels of this enzyme may indicate organ disease.
The pancreas produces and secrets amylase to aid in digestion. Elevated blood levels may indicate pancreatic and/or kidney disease.
AST: Aspartate Aminotransferase.
This enzyme offers a good indication of muscle and liver health.
Elevated levels of cholesterol may be an indication of a variety of disorders including hypothyroidism, liver and kidney disease.
Elevated levels of creatinine may indicate kidney disease or urinary obstruction.
These liver proteins are found in the blood and provide a good indication of liver function.
High levels of blood glucose may indicate diabetes or stress. Low levels may be signs of liver disease.
Elevated levels may indicate kidney disease.
TBIL: Total Bilirubin.
Bilirubin, a component of bile, is secreted by the liver into the intestinal tract. Bloof bilirubin levels are helpful in evaluating liver disease and certain anemias.
TP: Total Protein.
Aids in diagnosis of many conditions including liver, kidney and gastrointestinal disease.
BUN: Blood Urea Nitrogen.
BUN is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Testing for it helps detect liver and kidney abnormalities.
T4: Thyroxine Test.
T4 fluctuation may indicate thyroid disease or secondarily liver, kidney or metabolic abdnormalities.