The in-house diagnostic laboratory at Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate gives our doctors and staff the capability to provide accurate and time-conscious diagnostic results for our clients and their pets. This is especially critical in cases involving illness or injury diagnoses, and also beneficial for general wellness tests like annual fecal exams and routine preventative blood work.
Blood work is typically recommended annually, similarly to a physical wellness exam. The reason for this is that diagnostic laboratory testing goes deeper than a surface-level physical exam by revealing blood chemistry levels, organ functioning, and underlying disorders. All of this, in tandem with a physical examination, gives us a complete dataset of your pet's health.
Having a modern and fully-equipped diagnostic laboratory on-site sets us apart from other veterinary hospitals that depend on outside labs to return results for their patients. This is a process that not only takes more time, but can hinder the integrity of test results.
Common diagnostic tests performed in our in-house laboratory include, but are not limited to:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) is one of the most frequently run diagnostic tests at our facility. It provides a wealth of information about a pet's overall health condition by measuring the amount of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in a blood sample. This information helps us to identify conditions such as anemia, infection, inflammation, and leukemia, to name a few.
- Blood Chemistry Panel reveals organ health and functioning, is used as a baseline of health, and monitors treatment success.
- Urinalysis provides a good indication of your pet's overall health, and can aid in the detection of urinary tract infections, liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and dehydration.
- Thyroid tests gauge the output of the thyroid gland to determine if a pet is over or under-producing hormones necessary for metabolism and energy. This test benefits pets of all ages, and becomes increasingly important as pets enter their senior years.
- Electrolytes Testing is used to monitor general health condition, dehydration, and bone metabolism.
- Fecal Exams confirm the presence of intestinal parasites, as well as digestive issues, pancreatic disorders, internal bleeding, and some diseases.
- Skin scrapings is one of the most common dermatological tests, and tests for the presence of parasites and fungi.