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Quickly Identify and Target Health Problems

When a pet is ill, it can be challenging to determine the underlying cause. Therefore, we rely heavily on diagnostic testing to properly identify and treat health issues in your pet. At Suburban Animal Hospital, we maintain an in-house laboratory to provide you with important test results quickly and efficiently. Our range of testing includes:

  • 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 your pet’s 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.

  • Stool analysis

    Examining your pet’s stool helps to identify parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.

  • Urine analysis

    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.

We also recommend testing for the following conditions, which are common among cats and/or dogs:

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  • 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.

  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

    An FIV infection is often diagnosed by a blood test, which looks for the presence of antibodies. We will interpret the results and determine whether additional testing is required.

  • Heartworm testing

    This important test requires a small blood sample and works by detecting the presence of heartworm proteins. 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

We may recommend testing in any of the following situations:

  • Preparing for surgery or a procedure with anesthesia
  • Displaying symptoms of illness
  • Following a trauma
  • Dramatic changes in weight or behavior
  • Routine senior pet care

Monitoring Your Pet’s Blood Pressure

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a significant health problem 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

Please watch this video about blood tests for pets.

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