In-House Veterinary Diagnostics Shorten Your Wait & Expedite Your Pet’s Treatment
Accurately identifying the source of your pet’s pain or illness is the key to quickly placing him or her on the road to recovery. At Animal Emergency Clinic of Champaign County, our licensed veterinary technicians and emergency services staff are specially trained in performing comprehensive diagnostic testing. With the help of these informative tests, we are able to carefully diagnose and monitor the progression of many veterinary emergencies and illnesses.
Since many health-related issues for pets are not detectable by the naked eye or even by physical examination, we use laboratory diagnostic testing to provide us with the most complete picture possible of your pet’s overall health.
What does veterinary laboratory testing include?
In order to conduct laboratory diagnostics, our veterinary team will need to take a urine and/or blood sample from your pet. Once the sample has been collected, it will then be stored and tested in our in-house laboratory.
Our on-site veterinary diagnostic testing services include:
- Complete blood count (CBC) tests—CBC tests are conducted to determine the health of your pet’s blood cells. Ailments and conditions that commonly warrant this type of testing include infection, fever, anemia, dehydration, bruising, or bleeding.
- Thyroid testing—Your pet’s thyroid functions in the same way as a human’s does. Too much or too little of the thyroid hormone can cause serious health problems in both cats and dogs. We can test your pet’s hormone levels for various signs of illnesses.
- Fecal testing—Detecting intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, is one of many benefits that fecal testing provides. Many parasites not only wreak havoc on your pet’s health, but they are also zoonotic (transmittable to humans).
- Urinalysis—These tests measure the health and function of your pet’s urinary system and are often conducted to diagnose infection and inflammation and assess renal failure.
- Blood chemistry analysis—By analyzing your companion’s blood chemistry, we can assess his or her general health, including kidney and liver function and protein and electrolyte levels.
- Coagulation profile (PT/aPTT)—We use coagulation profiles to assess blood-clotting ability, diagnose and monitor cases of rodenticide (rat or mouse poison), and DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation).
If laboratory diagnostics are required to treat your pet, our veterinarians and staff will be more than happy to discuss the options with you, as well as address any questions you may have.