In-House Lab at Greece Animal Hospital:
Greece Animal Hospital offers an onsite veterinary laboratory for convenient and rapid test results. We work with an area specialty laboratory for advanced testing and offer daily courier service to address our patient needs.
Our thoughtful, progressive approach to pet care includes appropriate diagnostic testing for each life stage.
About Our In-House Laboratory
Pet Diagnostic Testing
We perform most routine diagnostic tests in our laboratory for fast results. The following lab tests are most common in pet wellness care and for early diagnosis of developing diseases. These blood and urine tests provide invaluable information about overall pet health:
- Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC) – Evaluates the number and condition of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, white blood cells can indicate an infection, and platelets influence blood clotting.
- Blood Chemistry Panel (Chem 18) – Provides information about internal organs and metabolic health, including liver, kidney, and diabetes screening, as well as electrolyte levels for potassium, sodium, and chloride.
- Endocrine Evaluation – Evaluates various hormone levels to determine if they are causing specific diseases such as diabetes, thyroid disease, and Cushing’s disease.
- Urine Analysis – Signals presence of urinary crystals, urinary tract infection, or diabetes. There are several ways to collect a urine sample from your companion animals. One is to catch a sample in a clean container simply. Depending on the health concerns involved, your veterinarian may prefer to collect a urine sample using a sterile catheter or perform a cystocentesis, where a sterile needle is passed through the skin and into the bladder. These methods yield a very clean sample and are well tolerated by dogs and cats.
- Fecal Analysis – Fecal analysis is the microscopic evaluation of feces. This is recommended for all animals as part of a yearly health exam and all puppies and kittens. The test is also performed for pets with diarrhea, straining, lack of appetite, or vomiting. Fecal examinations are used primarily to detect microscopic gastrointestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, Giardia, coccidia, and tapeworms. Repeated fecal examinations may be necessary to detect some elusive parasites. Your veterinarian can then prescribe appropriate medications and de-wormers to treat any parasites that have been detected on the fecal examination. To perform this test, a fecal sample needs to be obtained. The easiest way to do this is to pick up a sample of fresh (less than 24 hours old) feces after your pet has eliminated them.
When Lab Tests are Necessary
Typically, laboratory diagnostic testing can be expected when your pet is:
- Preparing for a surgical or dental procedure requiring anesthesia
- Showing symptoms of illness
- Examined after a trauma, such as a car accident or fall
- Demonstrating a dramatic change in behavior, weight, or overall condition
- Receiving a senior exam
First-time patients and new puppies and kittens may need diagnostic lab work if they show symptoms of illness or have an unknown health history. Our veterinarians will take the time to outline the need for any tests and always explain the results.