We maintain a complete in-house laboratory, combining current technology with proven diagnostic techniques.
In addition to performing routine hospitalized or outpatient diagnostics, preanesthetic blood work, and preventative diagnostics; in-house diagnostic tests we perform include:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Differential (Hematology)
- Blood Chemistry
- Fecal Flotation by Centrifugation
- Fecal Enzyme Digestion Panel
- Vector-Borne Disease Testing
- Canine Parvovirus (CPV) Fecal Antigen
- Canine Pancreas-Specific Lipase Level (Qualitative)
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
- Lead Level
- Tritrichomonas foetus
- Urine Culture
- Blood Glucose
- Intestinal Parasite Identification
- Identification of Other Internal and External Parasites
- Diagnostic Cytology
For outside diagnostic services, we utilize a renowned national veterinary reference laboratory. In special cases we also utilize university and other veterinary specialty laboratories.
Additional outside diagnostic services include DNA Testing.
Exotic Pet Diagnostics
Our primary outside diagnostic laboratory, in addition to providing myriad small animal testing options, performs tests specific to exotic pets. Additionally, we can utilize a specialized avian and exotic testing laboratory or, when necessary, refer to one of several university laboratories.
Testing requirements are established for the safety of your pet(s), our other clients and patients, and our staff; including, but not limited to, preventing the spread of disease, including those with zoonotic potential; or ensuring the effective administration of therapeutic medication(s).
All cats or kittens are tested for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) prior to FeLV Vaccination. Kittens are tested at their first visit; while adult cats, regardless of current health, are tested if no previous test result can be verified. Additionally, any kitten younger than six (6) months of age testing positive will have follow-up testing performed at 60-day intervals, while any cats testing negative are retested if a cat within the household tests positive.
Testing for heartworm disease in dogs is required yearly, if a previous test result is unknown or can not be verified, and/or if Heartworm Preventative is halted for any reason. This also ensures a negative test result can be confirmed prior to a dog undergoing an anesthetic procedure.
Proof of annual testing is also required by the manufacturer of heartworm preventative to obtain the most comprehensive guarantee in the rare event one’s dog develops heartworm disease while regularly receiving their heartworm preventative. This guarantee typically includes compensation for adulticide treatment, and free heartworm preventative; compensation for veterinary services related to treatment may also be provided, depending on the frequency at which a dog was tested as a puppy. Please ask if you would like more information regarding this manufacturer guarantee.
- Heart disease
- Hypo- or hyperthyroidism (See: testing requirements for Thyroid Levels)
- Urethral incontinence
Because many patients will be receiving therapeutic medication long-term or indefinitely, sufficient monitoring of drug levels and/or other components is required to determine if dosage needs adjustment. Following initial blood work, your veterinarian will determine an appropriate schedule for continual therapeutic drug monitoring of your pet. For this reason testing may be required prior to re-filling your pet’s therapeutic medication.
- Connecticut Reportable Diseases. Hartford, CT: Connecticut Department of Agriculture; November 27, 2008. http://ct.gov/doag/lib/doag/inspection_regulation/Connecticut_Reportable_Diseases.pdf.