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In-House Laboratory

In addition to our exam rooms, surgical suites, boarding facilities, and grooming facilities, Willowrun Veterinary Hospital also provides its clients with an in-house diagnostic laboratory.

This addition to our practice allows us to run many routine tests on-site. A few common examples of these tests include:

Complete blood count examines the varying ratios of different blood cells in a pet. This test can diagnose anemia, infections, and inflammation. It can also indicate if the pet has the ability to form healthy blood clots. This is one of the most basic, and yet important, veterinary blood tests that we perform.

Blood chemistry panel is actually a combination of blood tests performed on one sample. The panel, or "biochemical profile," is designed to pinpoint analysis of a specific organ such as the kidneys, liver, and pancreas.

Fecal testing examines a stool sample primarily to check for the presence of intestinal parasites, such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia. Intestinal parasites are a leading cause of death for pets, and can also pose a threat to people in some cases. Because they cannot be seen, the only way to diagnose them is with a fecal test. This is why this test is a regular preventative protocol in our practice.

Urinalysis is a test performed on a urine sample. This test primarily assesses the health of the kidneys and urinary system, but it can also provide additional information about the body. Urinalysis can diagnose diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder infections, and internal bleeding. This test is routine for senior pets.

Electrolytes testing looks at electrolytes in the body. Electrolytes are essential bodily salts such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sodium. They play a key role in regulating fluids in the body, balancing blood acidity and pressure, and repairing damaged tissues. Conducting electrolytes testing can provide insight into dehydration, bone metabolism, and general body health.

Thyroid testing is performed to diagnose the health of the thyroid gland. This gland plays a key role in metabolism, general mood, and heart and digestive function. Thyroid disorders are common, particularly among older pets. This test can help to diagnose them. Being able to perform the above tests on our premises expedites the diagnostic process. Your results will be available faster and we will be able to be involved in testing every step of the way to guarantee complete clinical accuracy.