Our in-house laboratory testing options here at Deepwood are
extensive, and include the following:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC): Measures the number of red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), and platelets circulating in the bloodstream, and measures hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen.
- Chemistry Profile: A collection of biochemical blood tests to evaluate the function of several organs at once. The most commonly evaluated systems are the liver and kidneys; the gallbladder and pancreas are also often evaluated. Electrolytes and minerals may also be measured, as they can serve as an indicator of many different types of diseases.
- Urinalysis: A number of tests performed to evaluate your pet’s kidney function and look for infection, inflammation, crystal/bladder stone formation, diabetes, and other indicators of disease.
- Fecal testing: We offer microscopic examination of a sample for the presence of gastrointestinal parasites. Fecal testing for infectious Parvovirus is available, as is testing for the contagious parasite Giardia.
- Cytology: Evaluation of cells under the microscope. This test is often performed in cases of ear and skin infections. If your pet has an abnormal growth, cells can often be extracted with a small needle (fine needle aspirate) and evaluated under the microscope to help identify the growth and determine if it is dangerous and/or needs to be removed.
- Infectious Disease Testing: We offer on-site testing for many blood-borne diseases, including Heartworm Disease (dogs and cats), multiple canine tick-borne diseases (Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis and Lyme Disease), and feline retroviral infections (FIV and FeLV).
Deepwood also has access to multiple excellent off-site laboratories, which offer testing such as:
- Thyroid levels: Measures the levels of various forms of thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. Used for diagnosis and monitoring of hypothyroidism (in dogs) and hyperthyroidism (in cats).
- Histopathology: Detailed microscopic evaluation of tissue samples by a boarded pathology specialist. Used to identify cancers and classify other organ diseases (such as liver or skin disease).
- Therapeutic Drug Monitoring: Blood levels of medications used to treat chronic diseases such as epilepsy and certain types of heart diseases, in order to ensure that your pet’s dose is not too high or too low.
- Bladder Stone Analysis: Identification of the mineral composition of bladder stones, to allow appropriate therapeutic diet selection and guide future monitoring.
If you have questions about any of the tests described above, or if you have questions about other kinds of testing you think might benefit your pet, please feel free to ask us.