Lab Tests

Diagnostic Panels:

Pre-anesthetic Screening
https://www.idexx.com/pdf/en_us/smallanimal/education/client-education/prean-faq.pdf

Health Panel - (Complete blood count, comprehensive chemistry profile, thyroid testing, urinalysis)
https://www.idexx.com/pdf/en_us/smallanimal/education/diagnostic-testing-handout.pdf
https://www.idexx.com/pdf/en_us/smallanimal/education/client-education/understand-diagnostic-test.pdf


Parasitology (screening for parasites)

Fecal centrifugation
http://www.capcvet.org/expert-articles/why-fecal-centrifugation-is-better/

Fecal cytology - evaluation for overgrowth or abnormal bacteria that could be causing diarrhea

Giardia Antigen
http://www.petsandparasites.org/dog-owners/giardia-in-dogs/

Heartworm and Tick borne illnesses (like Lyme disease) - included in the Heartworm 4DX Plus test
https://www.idexx.com/pdf/en_us/smallanimal/education/client-education/ticks-chart.pdf

Feline Heartworm testing
https://www.idexx.com/smallanimal/education/reference-library/heartworm-feline.html

Skin Scrape for mange
http://www.petsandparasites.org/dog-owners/mange/


HEART HEALTH

ECG - Electrocardiogram
ProBNP (in house testing for cats, send out for dogs)
X-rays
Blood pressure
Holter Analysis (24 hour ECG monitor that you take home)
Digoxin Levels (for patients receiving this medications for heart disease)

Understanding these tests for your cat: https://www.idexx.com/pdf/en_us/smallanimal/reference-laboratories/testmenu/phn-feline-cardiac-brochure.pdf

Understanding these tests for your dog: https://www.idexx.com/pdf/en_us/smallanimal/reference-laboratories/testmenu/phn-canine-cardiac-brochure.pdf


EYE HEALTH

  • Schirmer Tear Test
    This test measures the amount of tears your pet’s eye is producing. A small strip of paper is placed beneath the eyelid to absorb the tears that are generated in response. After a minute, we see how much of the paper strip becomes wet, measured in millimeters. A healthy animal should produce 15-25mm per minute.
  • Intraocular Pressure Check (Tonometry)
    This test is performed by lightly touching the surface of the eye with the tip of the instrument. A reading is produced in mmHg. Healthy animal eyes generally have a pressure between 15-25mmHg. Good Friends recently purchased a Tonovet - this is the most up to date method of measuring intraocular pressure - click here for more information www.icaretonometer.com/products/icare-vet/
  • Fluorescein stain
    This test helps visualize ulcerations on the surface of the eye. A fluorescent green stain is put on the eye and then washed out. The stain lingers in bright green on any scratches, punctures, or other abnormalities so they can be easily seen with magnification.

Endocrine Disease (diseases of glands)

ACTH stimulation testing - Used to diagnose Addison's disease
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=608

Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression - used to diagnose Cushing's disease
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=&A=619&SourceID=

Baseline Aldosterone levels - Used to diagnose Primary Hyperaldosteronism

iCa, PTH, PTHrP - used to help determine cause and significance of elevated blood calcium level

Fructosamine levels - used to evaluate average blood glucose level over the past several weeks

Glucose curves - used to evaluate a diabetic (Diabetes) patient's response to insulin over several hours
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=631


Gastrointestinal disease

Parvo Antigen snap testing
https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/canine-parvovirus.aspx

Pancreatic Lipase testing (for pancreatitis)

TLI/PLI/Cobalamine & Folate - a gastrointestinal panel to evaluate for malabsorption or maldigestion of nutrients and pancreatic function

Canine pancreatitis http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2214

Feline pancreatitis http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=577


Infectious Viral Disease

Feline Leukemia Antigen
http://www.catvets.com/cat-owners/disease-and-conditions/felv

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Antibody
http://www.catvets.com/cat-owners/disease-and-conditions/fiv


Bacteriology (testing for different kinds of bacteria and fungi)

Culture of urine or other fluids/tissues - to check for bacterial infections and determine the appropriate antibiotic for treatment

Cultures for ringworm

http://vetmed.tamu.edu/news/pet-talk/ringworm/#.U6SIgZRdXLo

Cryptococcal Antigen testing

Coccidiodies

Blastomycosis Antigen


Bartonella (test for the bacteria that causes cat scratch fever)
http://natvetlab.com/PDF/BrochuresRev428.pdf


Therapeutic drug levels for medications that require monitoring
https://www.idexx.com/pdf/en_us/smallanimal/education/client-education/drug-monitoring-chart.pdf


Vaccination titers

Rabies FAVIN (required for travel to some rabies free locations such as Hawaii)
http://www.ksvdl.org/rabies-laboratory/favn-test/

Rabies RFFIT (to determine vaccination status) - Not accepted in lieu of rabies vaccination laws
http://www.ksvdl.org/rabies-laboratory/rffit-tests/

Parvo Titer & Distemper Titers (to determine if patient has enough antibodies to fight off an infection if exposed)


Miscellaneous
Biopsy of tissue (to determine if a mass is cancerous)

Cytology (evaluation of slides under a microscope - used to check for earmites, bacteria and yeast or abnormal cells)

Buccal Mucosal Bleed Times - to determine if patient has problems clotting its blood



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