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In-house Laboratory

Our laboratory diagnostic care is comprehensive, and it’s all under one roof. Our veterinary facility is home to an advanced and fully equipped veterinary diagnostic laboratory capable of facilitating a wide range of diagnostic laboratory services, such as routine blood work, urinalysis, fecal exams, and skin scrapings.

At the Animal Hospital of Dunedin, you can count on accurate and timely diagnostic services for your pets. 

Having to send blood work and lab tests to an outside laboratory takes time and, in some cases, can impede the integrity of the results. The capability to perform diagnostic laboratory services in-house expedites the diagnostic process for our patients. This is especially beneficial in critical, time-conscious cases involving illness and injury. It allows us to expedite the diagnostic process, without having to send tests and lab samples to outside laboratories. 

Our in-house diagnostic laboratory also processes general wellness tests, such as routine blood work and fecal exams. These tests ensure your pet is feeling their best, before the presence of disease-related symptoms.

During an annual (or semi-annual) wellness visit, your veterinarian does a superficial examination. Laboratory diagnostics take the examination process deeper, providing us with data such as organ function, blood chemistry levels, and underlying abnormalities. All of this information, in combination with the findings of a physical examination, give us a thorough dataset of your pet’s health. 

The doctors at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin recommend a pet have routine blood work once a year, similar to a wellness examination. If your pet is a senior or sick, blood work may be recommended every six months. Fecal examinations and urinalysis tests are also recommended annually.

Several frequently performed diagnostic laboratory tests include:

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) looks at the number of red blood cells, white blood cells. And platelets in a blood sample. These results provide our clinical team with a wealth of information about your pet’s current health condition, and shines light on the presence of abnormalities such as inflammation, infection, anemia, and some forms of cancer, to name a few.
  • Blood Chemistry Panel is used to gauge the health and functioning of the organs. It is also used to record a baseline of health for your pet and monitor treatment success.
  • Urinalysis is recommended annually as part of your pet’s preventative care. The test looks at the appearance of the urine (color, clarity, and odor) and urine chemistries to identify urinary tract infections and systemic diseases, such as liver failure and hemolysis. 
  • Thyroid Testing verifies if the thyroid gland is over- or underproducing the amount of hormones necessary for metabolism and energy. This test is encouraged annually for all pets, and is a strong recommendation for senior pets. 
  • Electrolytes Testing measures sodium, potassium, and chloride levels in the body; all of which are critical to proper cell functioning. The results will confirm a pet’s general health status, identify dehydration, and assess bone health.
  • Fecal Exams are recommended annually, so we recommend bringing a fresh stool sample to your pet’s annual examination, if possible. This test identifies intestinal parasites, internal bleeding, digestive issues, pancreatic issues, and some diseases.
  • Skin Scrapings check for the presence of fungi and parasites. It is one of the most common dermatological tests performed in our laboratory.

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