The tests we can perform in our laboratory can help detect or diagnose your pet’s illness or disease. In today’s technologically advanced world, we can offer in-house laboratory services, which allow us to obtain accurate results quickly so that we can start diagnosing and/or treating your pet’s symptoms as soon as possible.
We provide the following in-hospital tests:
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Panel or Chem 10
– The pre-anesthetic blood panel is necessary before your pet undergoes anesthesia, to screen for any underlying diseases or illnesses. We test for the following variables:
• Alkaline Phosphatase (ALKP) – ALKP is an enzyme present in multiple tissues such as the liver or bone. Elevated levels can indicate liver disease, Cushing’s syndrome or steroid therapy.
• Total Protein (TP) – The level of TP can show a variety of conditions including dehydration, inflammation, and diseases of the liver, kidney or intestine.
• Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) – BUN is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Abnormally high levels can indicate kidney disease or dehydration while low levels can be associated with liver disease.
• Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) – ALT is an enzyme that becomes elevated with liver cell injury.
• Creatinine (CREA) – Creatinine is a byproduct of muscle metabolism and is excreted by the kidneys. Elevated levels can indicate kidney disease, urinary tract obstruction or dehydration.
• Blood Glucose (GLU) – High levels of GLU can indicate diabetes. In cats, high levels can also indicate stress, which can be a result of the trip to the veterinary hospital. Low levels of GLU can indicate liver disease, infection or certain tumors.
• Albumin (ALB) – ALB is a protein that is produced by the liver. Reduced levels of this protein can point to chronic liver, kidney, and inflammatory or intestinal disease.
– This panel is a little more extensive, but it is doctor/patient dependent. It includes the above tests as well as the following listed below (Dr./patient dependent):
• Cholesterol (CHOL) – Elevated levels of cholesterol are seen in a variety of disorders, including hypothyroidism and liver or kidney disease.
• Total Bilirubin (TBIL) – Bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin, as well as a component of bile. Blood bilirubin levels are useful in indicating liver disease and may help identify certain types of anemia.
• Amylase (AMYL) – AMYL is an enzyme produced by the pancreas. The pancreas secretes amylase to aid in digestion. Elevated levels in the blood can indicate pancreatic disease.
• Phosphorus (PHOS) – Elevated phosphorus can be an indicator of kidney disease.
• Calcium (Ca+) – Increased levels of calcium can be seen with diseases of the parathyroid gland and kidneys or as an indicator of certain types of tumors.
Because we are a full-house laboratory, we also offer the following tests:
General Health Panels
Electrolyte Thyroid Panels
Fecal Analysis Tests
Fecal Parasite Exam