In cases of illness or prior to anesthesia and surgery our doctors may recommend performing bloodwork to better evaluate your pet’s organ function. Most commonly run is a CBC and a Biochemistry – these provide values that are reflective of kidney and liver function as well as blood cell counts that can demonstrate signs of anemia or inflammation.
In certain cases, more specific tests may be run such as thyroid levels, ACTH stimulation, or a GI panel. Numerous options are available to aid in diagnosis and management of disease and your doctor will describe in detail what each test provides and what the results indicate.
Collection and analysis of the urine can help diagnose potential urinary tract infections, the kidneys’ concentrating capabilities, or other metabolic effects that may be deciphered in a urine analysis.
Oftentimes if bacteria are present in the urine a culture and sensitivity will be recommended to ensure the appropriate antibiotic is used to treat the infection.
If your pet has a skin or ear infection or has masses our doctors will offer to perform a cytology to better evaluate what is occurring. A cytology consists of collecting samples of cells in the area of interest and examining them under the microscope to identify bacteria, fungus, mites, or evaluate the type of cells a tissue or mass is comprised of.
Secondary evaluation by a board-certified pathologist may be recommended by your pet’s doctor to confirm the results of the cytology.
If your pet is having a mass removed it is recommended to submit the mass for histopathology, this will allow identification of what the mass is and if clean margins were achieved.
By identifying what the mass is your pet’s doctor can better diagnose and treat your pet.