Pet Laboratory Services
For your convenience, Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital in Monroeville maintains an in-house pet laboratory where we perform several microscopic and other tests. Laboratory testing is a critical diagnostic component in veterinary medicine, both for healthy and ill pets. It’s often recommended if a pet shows signs of an illness during a comprehensive physical exam. For healthy pets, laboratory testing is used to establish a health profile, which is used as a baseline for future wellness exams. We use state-of-the-art IDEXX analyzer tests and supplies for the best possible analyses and diagnoses, with many results available the same day. Some of the most common laboratory tests we perform include:
- Complete blood count (CBC) & chemistry panels
- Skin cultures
- Fungal tests
- Fecal testing
- 4DX for canines, which screens for common tick-borne diseases as well as heartworm
- Feline leukemia aids screening
- T4 (thyroid testing)
The Importance of Pet Laboratory Testing
The results of a laboratory test can help diagnose a number of pet diseases. CBCs and urine tests help determine organ function and aid in the diagnosis of Cushing’s disease, pancreatitis, and diabetes. However, it’s important to keep in mind that normal blood work is just as valuable as irregular blood work because it can be used as a baseline for future visits. Skin cultures and fungal tests help detect the presence of allergies and other skin conditions. A fecal test (fresh stool sample required) is used to detect the presence of internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. With laboratory testing, many health conditions can be caught in their early stages, which can increase the chances of successful treatment and recovery. This is especially important for senior pets that may be more prone to certain age-related diseases.
If your pet has been showing signs of illness, either physically or behaviorally, we recommend that you schedule an exam at Northern Pike Veterinary Hospital by calling 412-373-8580. During the exam, we can determine what type of laboratory test, if any, is recommended to examine your pet internally. Our goal is to help each and every pet we meet live long, happy, healthy lives by diagnosing and treating diseases as quickly and effectively as possible. That’s why we take pride in our in-house laboratory capabilities.