At Complete Pet Care, we know that getting an efficient, accurate diagnosis is the best way to get your pet back on the road to good health. With our state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained staff, we can get the answers you need to make informed decisions with your veterinarian about treatment plans and next steps.
With our in-house laboratory and close partnership with an outside lab for advanced laboratory diagnostics, Complete Pet Care offers the ability to test for numerous conditions and markers. Signs of intestinal parasites in dogs and cats should be addressed quickly. With Complete Pet Care, you can rest assured that your pet’s tests will be conducted in a timely manner with highly trained interpretations by our technicians and veterinarians.
Some of the health determinants that Complete Pet Care’s lab tests cover include:
- Organ function, including liver and kidney
- Blood-borne parasites
- Red and white blood cell counts, and clotting function
- Bacterial sensitivity and resistance
- Urinary blockages and crystals
- Intestinal parasites
- Vaccine titers
- Viral detection, including parvovirus and leptospirosis
- Cancer cell detection in aspirations and biopsies
Radiology and Imaging
After a physical exam, and sometimes as a follow-up to a lab test when there is a problem or concern, your veterinarian may want to use an advanced technology called imaging to take a better look at your pet’s heart, lungs, brain, abdominal organs, bones or other areas to assist in diagnosis.
Contact us today to discover how we can help with your laboratory diagnostics needs.
The process is safe and painless, and the two most common imaging services can be done in-house. One of our compassionate staff members will be with your pet for the entire process so they feel calm and safe.
The 2 most common imaging options are:
- Radiographs (X-rays) to look for masses and other organ abnormalities, bone fractures, and muscle or ligament damage. Radiographs can even be used in the later stages of pregnancy to find out how many babies your pet is having.
- Ultrasounds allow your veterinarian to view your pet’s internal organs for size and texture changes, as well as making sure blood flow is normal. An ultrasound can detect abdominal abnormalities, including bladder and kidney stones and uterine infections. Ultrasounds can also be used for guided aspirates on internal masses, making the procedure even safer and more accurate.
When an X-ray or ultrasound do not produce the necessary view for your veterinarian to clearly determine a diagnosis, then he or she may want to utilize an even more advanced diagnostic imaging option. This can include a CT scan, PET/CT scan combination or an MRI.
- A CT Scan is a computer processed combination of many X-ray images taken from different angles that produce virtual slices of the area in question, providing better differentiation of soft tissue. If you pet is having seizures, behavior changes or problems walking, your veterinarian may want to get a CT Scan.
- A PET/CT Scan reveals information about function and structure of cells and tissues in a single imaging session. This is most commonly used for cancer imaging to detect and grade it to determine what stage it is in and evaluate what treatment is best.
- MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, are most often employed for diagnosing neurological or spinal cord problems. An MRI is less invasive because it does not use ionizing radiation, but it does require your pet to be anesthetized in order to remain completely still. For this reason and the expense factor, MRI’s are utilized when other methods fail to pinpoint the problem.
If your pet needs any type of imaging, we will work closely with you to explain the procedure(s) and possible diagnostic markers we are looking to determine and make sure that you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your pet.
Sometimes your pet may need a specialized test to determine causes and narrow down treatments. At Complete Pet Care, our services don’t stop at lab tests and imaging! Because we know your pet’s health can be affected by many things, we offer additional options to help get them feeling better as soon as possible.
One test that can help your pet feel happier and healthier is allergy testing. Just like humans, our pets can develop allergies to environmental triggers, causing them significant discomfort. Some of the signs of allergies in pets include hair loss, sores, vomiting and diarrhea, and persistent scratching. By identifying specific allergens, you and your pet’s vet can establish a plan to help your pet feel a lot more comfortable. This can include avoiding the allergen altogether or even giving your pet a specially formulated allergy shot.