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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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Camie A., San Antonio, TX
Dr. Krick and your whole team are wonderful. In addition, the overall high standards of Hill Country Animal Hospital as a whole are excellent. It is why we have remained clients over the years even after moving away from Helotes.
Paul M., San Antonio, TX
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
Always have friendly, loving, knowledgeable doctors who spend adequate time with our pets. I love how I can see they actually care for our furry family members. The experience at this office is superb. From being immaculately clean to the care and candor provided by the staff, you have made a lifelong customer. I would easily drive 100 miles to obtain the level of customer service provided by this practice. Well done! (sic)