Veterinary laboratory testing is used for health screenings, pre-anesthetic evaluations, evaluating the success of treatments and as an aid in diagnosing pets with illnesses. Marcello Veterinary Hospital’s in-house laboratory is capable of performing studies for infectious diseases, parasites, blood chemistries, urinalysis and more. Marcello Veterinary Hospital also utilizes a veterinary reference lab for more advanced laboratory testing.
A few of Marcello Veterinary Hospitals’ routine laboratory services include:
Analyzing a blood sample reveals important information about your pet’s white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, kidneys, liver, blood sugars and electrolytes.
Heartworm disease can result in heart failure, severe lung disease, damage to other organs and death.
Dogs six months and older are required to be tested for heartworms before starting on any regular heartworm prevention. A heartworm test is performed once a year, if the dog is consistently on a heartworm preventative, to maintain a negative status. Any gap in coverage may require another heartworm test prior to restarting on a preventative.
During your appointment at Marcello Veterinary Hospital, a small amount of blood is collected from your pet. An antigen test is performed to detect the presence of adult heartworms and a microscope is used to check for any microfilariae, infective larvae, in the bloodstream.
Dogs should be on year-round prevention, whether you choose the 6-month injection or a once-a-month oral prevention. If your dog does test positive for heartworm disease, the veterinarian will discuss a treatment plan for your pet.
While less common, cats can also contract heartworms. When your cat receives a Feline Leukemia Virus/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus/Heartworm antigen combination test, he or she will be tested for heartworms. If your cat does test positive for heartworm disease, the veterinarian will discuss a treatment plan for your pet.
Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus are major causes of illness and death in felines. When introducing a new cat into a household, testing for these viruses is especially important because your other cats can become infected.
While not required, Marcello Veterinary Hospital highly recommends getting your cats tested during their first visit and once again a year later at their annual appointment.
Cytology, the study of cells, is used to diagnose various conditions including ear and skin infections, and dermal and subcutaneous masses.