Art City Vets is equipped with an in-house laboratory capable of running a range of diagnostic blood tests with rapid results. In addition to our in-house services, we also collaborate with external laboratories for more comprehensive panels. Your pet’s results will then be automatically uploaded into your pet’s record, reviewed by the doctor, and you will be notified with the results.
It is important to understand your pet’s blood work, and the reasoning behind results. A CBC, the most common test performed on pets and humans. It gives information on hydration status, anemia, infection, the blood’s clotting ability, and the ability of the immune system to respond. Chemistry values can provide information about liver and kidney health and function, electrolyte and protein levels, and blood sugar. Urinalysis can show urine concentration, protein levels, or signs of inflammation or infection. Thyroid levels can indicate thyroid disease/dysfunction, which is common in older dogs and cats.
Blood work is vital in both diagnosing medical conditions, and preventing such conditions from advancing. Annual testing for heartworm and intestinal parasites, ensures that we treat any potential infections at the first on-set, rather than when they have advanced to the point of further complications. Pre-surgical blood work is done to ensure the anesthetic and surgical plan is as safe as possible.
Senior wellness blood screenings and a wide variety of diagnostic panels are also offered. These panels allow us to check such crucial aspects as a pet’s thyroid level, kidney and liver values, and blood count. Our veterinarians will always thoroughly explain the recommended testing for your pet at the time of your appointment.