Our Updated Laboratory

Our updated laboratory allows us to evaluate the internal organ function of our patients. This is very useful for:

  • Assessing internal organ function and acquiring baseline data in our well patients.
  • Diagnosing and monitoring response to treatment in our ill patients.
  • Evaluation of our patients prior to anesthesia to assess anesthetic risk and allow us to tailor an anesthetic protocol specific to the patients health status.

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The Lasercyte CBC machine allows us to get very accurate red and white blood cell counts and platelet counts. This is important for detecting infection, inflammation, anemia, and platelet problems that may lead to bleeding, It also gives us a count of each different type of white blood cell. This information is a very useful aid in diagnosing specific illnesses.

The Vetlab Station with its touch screen ties all the laboratory equipment together putting all the information on one report and saving it to a computer.

The Catalyst One runs blood chemistry. This allows us to check internal organ function. This includes evaluation of the kidneys, liver, pancreas and blood proteins. It gives a good overall picture of internal organ status.

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The VetStat allows us to check the electrolyte levels potassium, sodium and chloride. It is important to determine the cause for and to treat electrolyte imbalances. This machine also allows us to measure blood gasses like oxygen and carbon dioxide which is important in animals with respiratory problems. It also checks the pH of the blood. Alterations in blood pH (how acidic or alkaline it is) can be life threatening. Again, the cause needs to be identified and treated.

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The Snapshot DX gives us the following capability:

We can run thyroid tests in-house checking for overactive thyroid in cats and under-active thyroid in dogs. It also allows us to monitor our patients who are on thyroid medications.

Bile acid assays- this is an important test to evaluate liver function when liver disease is evident or suspected based on the blood chemistry results.

Cortisol Levels- important for diagnosing the endocrine diseases Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease and for monitoring these patients once medicated.

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This simple machine allows for accurate and consistent results when reading a urinalysis strip. It reads each area of the chemistry strip at the precise time and calibrates the color change for the color of the urine taking out any subjectivity. It allows us to check a urine sample for evidence of infection, kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease, etc.

The Idexx Coag allows us to check for clotting problems. This is very useful information prior to surgery. It allows us to know ahead of time that our patient will not have a bleeding problem. It is also important to check with certain medical conditions. Finally, some toxins (rat/mouse bait and others) cause bleeding problems. This allows us to identify bleeding problems and monitor response to therapy.

The Snap Pro allows for patient-side diagnosis of some diseases within 8 to 10 minutes. It also records the results electronically assuring information is not lost.

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