At American Pet Hospital, our goal is to provide your pet with the best possible veterinary health care. Since your pet cannot tell us in words if something is wrong, we rely on:
- Medical history that you tell us
- Physical examination
- Laboratory testing
Veterinary laboratory testing is used for health screenings, pre-anesthetic evaluations, as an aid in diagnosing pets with illnesses, and evaluating the success of treatments.
American Pet Hospital has an on-site clinical laboratory that provides us with the ability to perform complete blood counts, blood chemistry panels (including thyroid, cortisol [ACTH stimulation], and bile acids liver tests), urinalysis, blood coagulation tests, and several feline and canine viral tests.
Because we are able to obtain results within minutes, this is particularly valuable for immediate pre-anesthetic testing if your pet is about to undergo surgery, as well as for timely evaluation of your pet in an emergency.
Pre-anesthetic testing gives you peace of mind and provides us with important physiological information on your pet immediately prior to anesthesia.
We also work extensively with outside laboratories when more comprehensive or specialized veterinary testing is required.