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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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I called afterwards because I thought I missed some instructions and the front desk was able to answer my question immediately but the Dr. also called me back to clear up any confusion. My cat is 19 years old and not once did they tell me to euthanize her because of her age. The nurse who was handling her was the best, she treated my cat with care and understanding.
Becky L., San Antonio, 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)
Julie F., San Antonio, TX
This is probably the best office I have been to. I’m not just talking about for the animals…the customer service from the first phone call, to stopping in to pick up meds, to the moment I walked out and even the follow up call! Top notch. Appreciated that you are able to check out in the room. This is really helpful especially to keep interaction without pets to a minimum. I will be back. This was a wonderful 1st time experience. And thank you to the doctor for following up with a call.
Erika G., San Antonio, TX
The staff at Hill Country Animal Hospital is wonderful. They are knowledgeable and helpful and are always willing to go out of the way to make my pet feel comfortable. I love the fact that the doctors and/or staff always call to check on my pet after she has had a procedure. It is these special touches that make this place so very special. Thank you so much for everything you do!!