Lab Tests

Diagnostic Panels:

Pre-anesthetic Screening

Health Panel - (Complete blood count, comprehensive chemistry profile, thyroid testing, urinalysis)

Parasitology (screening for parasites)

Fecal centrifugation

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

Giardia Antigen

Heartworm and Tick borne illnesses (like Lyme disease) - included in the Heartworm 4DX Plus test

Feline Heartworm testing

Skin Scrape for mange


ECG - Electrocardiogram
ProBNP (in house testing for cats, send out for dogs)
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:

Understanding these tests for your dog:


  • 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
  • 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

Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression - used to diagnose Cushing's disease

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

Gastrointestinal disease

Parvo Antigen snap testing

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

Feline pancreatitis

Infectious Viral Disease

Feline Leukemia Antigen

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Antibody

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

Cryptococcal Antigen testing


Blastomycosis Antigen

Bartonella (test for the bacteria that causes cat scratch fever)

Therapeutic drug levels for medications that require monitoring

Vaccination titers

Rabies FAVIN (required for travel to some rabies free locations such as Hawaii)

Rabies RFFIT (to determine vaccination status) - Not accepted in lieu of rabies vaccination laws

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

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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