In addition to physical examination, diagnostic services help to give doctors a more complete picture of the health of your pet. This includes exposure to parasites, health of internal organs, and evidence of infectious disease. We use both in-house laboratory equipment as well as trusted reference laboratories to give us the most accurate information available.
The most common laboratory services used are fecal examinations. Most parasites are spread by licking parasite eggs from the ground or their own feet. It is recommended that each pet have a fecal sample checked yearly or whenever there are problems with the gastrointestinal system. The doctor recommends more frequent checks if your pet is exposed to other animals in dog parks, public parks, apartment common grounds, and other high animal traffic areas. Cats should not be forgotten if they spend any time outside and are exposed to an uncontrolled environment. But even indoor cats can have parasite exposure from things that you bring into your home from the outside, including your own shoes.
Lynn Animal Hospital offers in-house testing which includes:
- Blood Chemistry
- Complete Blood Count
- Fecal Examination (Including Giardia)
- Heartworm Exposure
- Lyme Disease
- Other Tick-Borne Diseases
- Feline Viral Testing
- Coagulation Profile
More advanced testing is referred to several reference laboratories around the country.
Other diagnostics that we offer include:
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Full radiographic services
- Ultrasound services
- Ophthalmological testing (Flouroscein, Schirmer Tear Testing, Tonometry)
Canine Genetic Testing Is Now Even More Advanced!
What is the Royal Canin Genetic Health Analysis?
New professional genetic testing for mixed breed dogs is now available. With a small blood sample any mixed breed dog can be genetically tested to find out which breeds there are in the "Family Tree."
Testing includes over 250 different breeds and sub-breeds. Find out if your favorite pooch has a breed in its background that is prone to certain inherent problems that may require investigation.
- Dobermans/ Blood disorders
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniels/ Heart disease
- Boxers/ Cancer
- Large Breed Dogs/ Hip Dysplasia
Knowing is the first step in prevention!