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Laboratory Services

Unfortunately, pets can’t tell us where it hurts, and oftentimes, an animal that appears healthy may be masking symptoms of disease or illness. We recommend veterinary diagnostic testing to identify any problems and to begin treatment as early as possible. These tests are especially helpful when symptoms are unspecific or hard to define.

When would laboratory work be needed?

Most laboratory work is done through routine wellness exams as directed by our doctors. For emergencies or unscheduled visits, our diagnostic lab will run various tests to determine the best treatment for your pet.

We recommend regular tests to determine your pet’s health. If any concerns or conditions are found, we will help you decide on proper treatment. If your pet is showing irregular behavior, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors will determine which laboratory services are appropriate during your exam.

Why do you require pre-anesthetic bloodwork prior to surgery?

This bloodwork allows us to assess your pet’s overall health, ensuring that your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia. If pre-anesthetic bloodwork shows any abnormalities, these abnormalities can be addressed prior to surgery. In some cases, pre-anesthetic bloodwork results indicate that your pet should not undergo the scheduled surgery.

How do veterinarians use laboratory work?

To ensure a proper diagnosis, we first examine your pet by looking at their eyes, ears, and skin; then we check their cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will then perform blood and/or urine tests, if necessary, to check their kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic testing.

If you're concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us at 630-552-7804 to schedule a medical assessment, or schedule online now.