Onsite Diagnostic Laboratory
Means Better Veterinarian Care
At The Dalles Veterinary Hospital we have a full onsite veterinary laboratory.
On-site diagnostic testing has become an increasingly popular way for veterinarians to become more accurate and effective in treating their patients. Earlier treatment of problems generally means better results overall in care.
Convenience and Control
On-site diagnostic testing enables us to maintain control of treatment options. Scheduling tests to suit you is more convenient and turnaround is faster. In-house testing not only saves you time but also allows you to get timely diagnosis of your pet’s disorders. When a patient is showing disturbing symptoms of pain, weakness, listlessness or vomiting it’s best to find out what the problem is rapidly to expedite recovery.
Types of Testing Available
Blood is separated, and serum is drawn and analyzed. This testing is used to assess the function of body systems. Common blood serum tests evaluate organ, hormonal and electrolyte status. They are important in evaluating senior pets, pets with exposure to toxins, those who have been vomiting or who have diarrhea. Pets receiving extended medication commonly receive this testing. It's sometimes done prior to anesthesia. Serum chemistry can help decide what further tests need to be performed.
Hematology includes the study, diagnosis, treatment and
prevention of blood diseases.
Testing of urine is used to diagnose multiple disorders including;
urinary tract infections, kidney disease and diabetes.
Annual parasite testing is important for both dogs and cats. It can identify intestinal parasites and help decide which flea, tick and heartworm medications to use.
A deadly parasite can be transmitted by a single mosquito bite.
Heartworm testing is highly recommended annually for both cats and dogs.
It’s also recommended for cats who exhibit asthma like symptoms.
Two lethal cat viruses that we can test for are
feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
When undetected they can cause premature death.
Two to four percent of cats have one of these viruses.
Parvovirus can cause feline distemper. It also affects dogs, especially puppies who are unvaccinated and come in contact with contaminated areas.
Serum TLI concentration is the most favored diagnostic test of for Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in dogs.