Diagnostic lab tests are an important tool in characterizing many different types of conditions and diseases for your sick or injured pet. We have an in-house laboratory that allows us to measure many lab values and get diagnostic results in minutes for pre-surgery or an emergency situation. We also use a centralized reference lab for more extensive diagnostic testing that we may not perform in our in-house lab.
Here are just some of the many diagnostic tests that we can perform to help your pet:
- SNAP tests resemble a pregnancy test stick and are used to test a variety of conditions like heartworms, Lyme disease as well as other tick-borne diseases, and canine parvovirus disease, a dangerous and highly contagious disease. SNAP tests are very accurate and are a great way to identify pets that may be infected with one or multiple disease. These tests use a minor amount of blood and only take a few minutes to perform.
- We also offer tests to screen sick cats and kittens, as well as at-risk cats for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia Virus. We use just one small blood sample to screen for both viruses, and the in-house results are usually ready in as little as 10 minutes.
- We can also test for many parasitic conditions including roundworms, hookworms, and the parasitic disease leishmania, transmitted by sand flies and causing serious harm to your pet.
- Allergy testing can also be performed on your pet. Scratching, red and irritated skin, chewing at the skin, and licking the feet are all allergy symptoms. We can test for respiratory allergies that result from inhaling dust, mold and pollen, as well as contact allergies that might come from flea bites or other contact dermatitis conditions. If your pet does have allergies, we can administer immunotherapy (a desensitization routine).
- We do all the standard tests too, like chemistry panels and complete blood count (CBC). These tests are typically the most comprehensive, fastest, and best diagnostic tools available to the veterinarian. These tests reveal much needed information about the blood and blood cells, as well as various organs like the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. We can also run special pre-surgical panels or even geriatric panels for your older pet.
So many of these diseases are life threatening if not caught by early detection; this is why it is imperative that you schedule regular veterinary checkups for your pets, particularly young and elderly pets. Our staff at Normandale Veterinary Hospital strives to provide the best quality medical and surgical care for your pet. We’re located in Edina, and have been serving the surrounding communities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Richfield and Saint Louis Park for over 45 years. We offer complete inpatient and outpatient medical care, as well as, a full range of surgical procedures.