The advanced blood work diagnostic laboratory at Airport Animal Clinic provides our caring veterinarians with valuable information regarding the overall health in a matter of minutes. Due to our pet’s inability to communicate where they are ill, these blood work values are especially important when a pet is sick. The speed at which this accurate information is provided means that our compassionate veterinarians may begin treatment right away if necessary. Our cutting-edge laboratory aids our doctors in providing the best in veterinary healthcare for the Monroeville, Megargel, Peterman Frisco City, Excel, and Repton areas of Alabama.
When does my pet need to have blood work performed?
There are many various reasons our veterinarians analyze the blood of their patients each day. Blood work is necessary when a pet is ill to help determine the cause, when a pet is well, in order check for conditions which cannot be diagnosed by physical exam, and before any surgery, to help ensure the pet is healthy enough for surgery.
What type of testing can be performed with the diagnostic laboratory at Airport Animal Clinic?
Blood chemistries, complete blood counts (CBC), electrolytes, thyroid testing, fecal analysis, and urinalysis are all tests that can be conducted in our diagnostic laboratory. The results of these tests can often tell our doctors if your furry family member may have an issue that cannot be found upon physical exam alone.
Blood chemistries indicate how well your pet’s liver, kidney, and pancreas function for your pet. A CBC can show your pet’s overall health, as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are all determined. Large numbers of red cells can indicate dehydration, while few red cells may mean anemia in an animal. White cell counts which are high may be indicative of leukemia, while few white cells may indicate inflammation or issues with the ability to produce new white cells by the bone marrow. Electrolytes indicate whether an animal is dehydrated. Finally, thyroid testing can indicate some conditions including hyper and hypothyroidism. Fecal testing can indicate intestinal parasites that cannot be seen by a physical exam and can often be spread to humans. Urinalysis can let our veterinarians know if your pet has certain urinary infections, as well as diabetes.
At Airport Animal Clinic, we understand that you have a choice as to who provides healthcare to your pet. Our diagnostic capabilities, as well as experience and compassion, make our Clinic a proven choice in the healthcare needs of your precious pet. Call one of our caring staff members and schedule an appointment today!