Comprehensive and Efficient Lab Work
From routine checkups to complex medical diagnoses, lab work is critical to managing the health of your animal companion. It provides detailed information that our veterinarians use to guide your pet’s care regimen throughout his or her lifespan.
At Hill Country Animal Hospital, we have a complete in-house laboratory. Our lab offers a wide range of detailed tests, including:
- Full chemistry panels
- Complete blood counts
- Electrolyte levels
- Clotting times
- Heartworm testing
- Pancreatitis screening
- Blood smears
- Parvo screens
- Feline leukemia screens
- Diabetes screening
We also partner with ANTECH Diagnostics for more advanced testing, such as fecal testing and larger blood panels to screen for disease or diagnose illness. Their experienced laboratory staff is able to complete most lab work within 24 hours, allowing us to diagnose and treat your animal companion more efficiently.
Tests such as these are important to your pet’s health for many reasons. They help us identify health conditions that are otherwise not detected on a routine exam, including heartworm disease, ehrlichia, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, and urinary tract infections. Lab tests also catch evidence of early disease, such as diabetes and liver dysfunction, and provide baseline health information for future reference. Finally, they provide us with important information for preparing anesthesia for dental or surgical procedures.
Hill Country Animal Hospital strives to provide comprehensive and efficient lab services. Our highly-trained staff uses sophisticated instruments that allow us to accurately evaluate your pet’s health in a timely manner.
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