Blood Testing- Our laboratory consists of machines with the ability to provide complete blood chemistry and CBC results within 30 to 60 minutes. The chemistry analyzer checks blood sugar, liver enzymes, kidney values, pancreatic enzymes, and serum protein levels. The CBC (Complete Blood Count) checks the number of red cells and white cells present in the blood, and calculates the percentage of each type of white cell present. Serum electrolyte levels and blood gas (oxygen, carbon dioxide, and bicarbonate) levels are also routinely measured for diagnostic purposes. In-house tests for Lyme Disease, Parvo Virus, Feline Leukemia, and Feline AIDS and blood clotting abnormalities are also available.
Radiology- Our automatically calibrated x-ray machine and automatic processor make taking x-rays a quick and painless procedure. Results are often available in 10 to 20 minutes.
Ultrasound- Ultrasound has many uses in diagnostic imaging. In the emergency service we rely on quick ultrasound scans to assist in confirmation of our diagnoses. Our entire medical staff has had formal training in abdominal ultrasound techniques. Ultrasound identification of various problems can require a very trained eye. If our doctors or technicians have questions about a scan result, or need a boarded radiologist to confirm their suspicions, we have a 24 hour internet consultation service available to provide this assistance.
Endoscopy– The endoscope is useful in situations where the animal can be safely anesthetized. Normally stomach, intestinal, or colonic endoscopy are scheduled diagnostic procedures performed after fasting for 24 hours. These procedures are usually referred to an internal medicine specialist as they require a great deal of time and skill to manipulate the probe for complete examination and possibly biopsies. The use of the endoscope in the emergency setting is often limited to viewing or removing foreign objects from the airway or esophagus.
Cytology and Urinalysis- Fluid and blood samples are frequently examined microscopically for abnormal cells or bacteria. Immediate diagnosis of bladder infection, cancer, and immune mediated diseases are often made in hospital without having to wait for outside lab results. This enables the emergency clinician to start appropriate treatment quickly.