If you've ever taken a close look at the small print on a bag or can of cat food, you've probably noticed that taurine is among the list of ingredients. Taurine is an amino acid that helps keep yo ...View Article
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Blood Testing, Urinalysis & Fecal Exams
We have a full blood laboratory at our fingertips to ensure the best care for your pets.
A basic understanding of blood testing:
The results of laboratory tests on a patient are compared to normal established reference ranges for the patient species. Reference ranges for each laboratory test vary across species. Be careful interpreting laboratory tests. On occasion a pets bloodwork will have a value for a laboratory test that falls outside the reference range, but the value may still be normal for that animal.
We will interpret laboratory tests in light of the entire evaluation of your pet. Sometimes laboratory tests need to be repeated to evaluate trends, which may provide more information than measurement of a single test.
The results of laboratory tests may be influenced by drugs your pet is receiving and some are influenced by a recent meal. Always provide us with information about any drug your pet is receiving. Inquire when you make an appointment, whether you should fast your pet before the visit in case laboratory samples are collected.
Why does my pet need a Urinalysis?
Urinalysis is a simple test that assesses the physical and chemical composition of urine. Abnormal results usually indicate that there is a problem with the kidneys and/or urinary system. However, a urinalysis can also provide clues about problems in other organ systems, or may indicate the presence of a metabolic disease, such as diabetes mellitus. Urinalysis is necessary for a complete assessment of the kidneys and urinary system, and should be included in any thorough evaluation of a pet's health status.
What's in the Sample?
If your pet's fecal sample is positive a variety of nasty critters may be present. Here are the most common:
Does my dog have worms?
Roundworms, Hookworms and Whipworms - distinctively shaped spaghetti-like worms that live in the small or large intestine and can give dogs a "potbelly" appearance.
Tapeworms - segmented worms that give off sticky egg packets which look like grains of rice (often found sticking to the hair under the tail), these worms are picked up when the dog swallows a flea, making this a flea AND worm control issue.
What do I do if my dog has diarrhea?
Your pet may have: Giardia or Coccidia - protozoal (single cell) parasites usually acquired through contaminated water supplies, both cause diarrhea by attaching to the surface of the small intestine. Giardia is notoriously difficult to find on fecal examination and further testing is often needed to make a diagnosis.