In Clinic Diagnostics
Veterinary laboratory testing can tell us a great deal about the general health of your pet. Marcello Veterinary Hospital offers the highest level of small animal diagnostic, in-house testing services available. Collecting and analyzing these samples serve as a valuable tool to detect, identify, diagnose and treat illness/disease.
- CBC-Complete blood count analyzes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. If the red blood count is low this could mean your pet is anemic. If the red blood count is high, your pet is most likely dehydrated. White blood cell count measures the body’s immune system and can indicate that your pet has an infection or underlying disease. Platelets are measured to ensure your pets blood clotting ability. A low platelet count is worrisome and could prevent the blood from clotting properly.
- SMAC(Blood Chemistries)-analyzes organ functions such as kidney, liver, and electolytes.
- Pre-Operative Screening-It is recommended to have a pre-operative blood screening before any surgical procedure to aid in prevention of potential complications.
- Wellness Profile-Wellness profile bloodwork is offered beginning at the age of four years old annually and serves as a reference point for early detection when diagnosing liver, kidney, and other potential life threatening issues.
- T4- Thyroid hormone thyroxine, decreased levels could indicate hypothyroidism causing obesity and skin issues.
- ACTH Stimulation Test- Test for Cushing’s disease. Cushing’s disease is a serious health condition that is caused by increased production of the stress hormone cortisol by the adrenal glands. Excess cortisol can be life threatening and also cause conditions such as diabetes and kidney damage.
- Glucose Check-Blood test that checks levels of glucose in pets with diabetes.
- Cytology-The study of cells used to diagnose various skin/ear infections and also dermal and subcutaneous masses.