Parkway Animal Hospital and Laser Center is capable of in-house diagnostic screens, microscopic analysis of cells, and chemical analysis of blood. This capability translates into faster case diagnosis and quick assessment of a patient’s internal organs; all of which is critical when handling an emergency where minutes count.
When patients arrive for a preventive care visit, we usually elect to send our blood samples to an outside reference laboratory. Our lab picks up samples twice daily, and results are typically available within 8 to 12 hours or the next day (sometimes earlier). When results are received, you will be contacted by a phone call or email from a member of the medical team to discuss results and any treatment needs for your pet.
Why do we conduct blood tests on a healthy pet? While the veterinarian performs a complete physical exam of your pet from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail, your doctor can only feel the shape and size of a few internal organs. Pets that have a normal physical exam will have abnormal blood work 29% of the time. To better understand the overall health of an animal, blood chemistry analysis is performed. By comparing the results to species “normal” (range) your veterinarian can evaluate the health of key internal organs. But, we can look at the trends in lab results for your pet over time, even while still within the normal range. By doing so, we are able to detect changes in your pet’s internal organs before symptoms of the disease are visible. This presents your veterinarian a broader number of treatment options with the opportunity to prevent progression of a condition and prevent suffering often at significant cost savings over waiting to treat the symptoms at a later time.