Even our expert doctors and staff can’t see every detail about your cat’s health. We rely on diagnostic tools to help us better evaluate any illness, injury, or condition. With our in-house laboratory and digital radiology, we diagnose your cat’s illness right here in the hospital and get results almost immediately. Immediate results mean immediate treatments for a faster recovery.
Using Our Laboratory for All It's Worth
With our lab, we can run just about any test that’s needed to screen for diseases, rule out possibilities, and pinpoint your cat’s specific problem so we can offer specific solutions. Below, we list common lab tests, when we use them, and what for.
CBC gives us a complete number of red and white blood cells as well as an analysis of those cells. It’s particularly useful in screening for underlying diseases and conditions such as anemia or immune deficiencies.
Chemistry panels help us understand the chemical components of the blood such as electrolyte levels, glucose, proteins, endocrine levels, cholesterol and more. Since certain chemicals correlate with specific organs, chemical panels give us a run-down of the health of each organ.
Fecal exams are used to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites. Even if your cat is currently on pest prevention, a fecal exam helps us ensure it’s working.
We use urinalysis to evaluate your cat’s hydration, screen for infections or diabetes, as well as assess kidney and bladder health.
If your pet has abnormal skin coloring, dryness, lumps and bumps, or what looks like an infection, we can collect samples of the affected skin cells and analyze them for abnormal cells. Additionally, regular ear smears allow us to test for ear mites and infection.
With only a couple drops of blood, we can test for feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, and heartworm disease. Both FeLV and FIV are dangerous diseases and highly contagious to other cats, while heartworm disease is not contagious, but very serious. Screening tests help us to call out these diseases and begin treatment plans as soon as possible.
Did you know your cat has about 230 bones? With so many possible fracture opportunities, digital radiology is a must for a cat hospital! A digital radiograph takes less than a minute to do and the images are ready immediately.
We can use digital X-rays for:
- Analyzing fractures or broken bones
- Locating an ingested foreign body
- Checking for asthma and other lung diseases
- Identifying cancerous tumors, cysts or kidney stones
- Diagnosing heart disease, liver disease, and more
Learn more about our cat diagnostics capabilities by contacting us today!
Did You Know?
Cat’s are the most popular pet in North America, with over 73 million cats as pets compared to 63 million dogs.