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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:

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  • 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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This was my first visit with a dog that I had had for a week and a half. I wanted him thoroughly examined for health and a neuter. I had a number of questions since it's been a long time since I have had a younger dog and Dr. Rooker took all of the time necessary to answer all of my questions. I'm afraid I kept everyone there late and I really appreciate the excellent experience. You are my new veterinarian.
Dori O., Helotes, TX
I really can't offer any suggestions for improvement. Dr. Rooker is great. No matter what we see or call her for, she is always very knowledgeable as well as very kind. Also, she always follows up with a phone call. This is very much appreciated. Your staff is great. When we walk in the door, we are always greeted by name made to feel that our visit is just as important to them as it is to us. Thank you.
Carolyn B., Rio Medina, TX
You do everything well! From the second you walk in the door you are greeted by name, told "we have you checked in," etc. The veterinary assistant was so great! Dr. Krick is wonderful as is Dr. Peterson. They both share knowledge and listen well. (sic)
Stanetta C., San Antonio, TX
This is a very pleasant vet office. Love that you really try hard to make it pleasant & ensure the least amount of stress for the animals. Everything is top notch. (sic)