Get to the Root of the Problem
At Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, we manage an in-house laboratory to provide you with important test results quickly and efficiently. Our testing services include:
Blood chemistry panel
This is a series of tests that provide information about your pet’s internal organs and metabolic health. It is useful in screening for liver or kidney disease and to assess current levels of sodium, potassium, and chloride.
Complete blood cell count (CBC)
The CBC reveals the number and condition of your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC can be used to indicate anemia, infection, or issues with blood clotting.
Examining your pet’s stool helps us identify parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.
With only a small sample, we can learn much about your pet’s kidney function and look for evidence of a urinary tract infection or diabetes. This test is often performed along with a CBC and blood chemistry panel to provide a complete picture of your pet’s overall health.
Cytology is the study of cells, specifically looking at how they work, how they grow, and their composition. We typically use this test for lump analysis, skin disorders, and ear infections.
We also recommend testing for the following conditions, which are common among cats and/or dogs:
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
This disease can be diagnosed by conducting a simple blood test called an ELISA, which identifies FeLV proteins in the blood. This test is highly sensitive and can identify infections at a very early stage.
An FIV infection is often diagnosed by a blood test which looks for the presence of antibodies. Your veterinarian will interpret the results and determine whether additional testing is required.
Heartworm/Lyme disease testing
This important test requires only a small blood sample to screen for both conditions. Further tests may be ordered if a positive result is returned. Learn more about heartworms by visiting our Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention page.
When to Test
Your veterinarian may recommend testing in the following situations:
- Preparing for surgery or a procedure involving anesthesia
- Displaying symptoms of illness
- Following a trauma
- Dramatic changes in weight or behavior
- Routine senior pet care
Monitoring Blood Pressure
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a significant health concern for which there are many underlying causes. Through a fairly quick and easy process, we can check your pet’s blood pressure and alert you to any potential issues or concerns. We recommend routine blood pressure screening for acute and chronically ill pets, as well as pets entering their senior years.
On the Web
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