Diagnostic testing can identify problems your pet may be experiencing so that proper treatment can begin before a condition worsens.
Unfortunately, pets can’t tell us where it hurts, and oftentimes, a healthy appearing animal may be masking symptoms of disease or illness. We recommend veterinary diagnostic testing to identify any problems and to begin treatment as early as possible. These tests are especially helpful when symptoms are unspecific or hard to define.
Southside Animal Hospital is equipped with an extensive in-house laboratory. We offer CBC (complete blood counts), blood chemistry, electrolytes, urinalysis, cytology, and fecal exams. For specialized blood tests and tissue samples, we have referral laboratories that provide fast and accurate test responses.
Most laboratory work is done through routine wellness exams as directed by our doctors. For emergencies or unscheduled visits, our diagnostic lab will run various tests to determine the best treatment for your pet.
We recommend regular tests to determine your pet’s health. If any concerns or conditions are found, we will help you decide on proper treatment. If your pet is showing irregular behavior, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors will determine which laboratory services are appropriate during your exam.
To ensure a proper diagnosis, we first examine your pet by looking at their eyes, ears, and skin; then we check their cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will then perform blood and/or urine tests if necessary to check their kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic testing.
If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a medical assessment.