In-house Laboratory for Pets
At World of Animals at Elkins Park, our main goal is to provide the finest quality care for your pets. Our veterinarians will share with you their knowledge and expertise on procedures and testing that they recommend your pets receive for optimal health. We want to make sure that you feel comfortable with all of the services that we provide for our patients, and understand the necessary steps that you should take for them to maintain good health.
After a physical examination by one of our doctors, we may recommend blood work or other tests to further help identify problems with your pet. Our hospital is equipped with the most modern-day in-house laboratory equipment. Our lab is capable of quickly running routine testing including:
- CBC – which checks for anemia and infections
- Chemistry Panel – which tests for diabetes, kidney & liver function
- Thyroid Screening – which tests for thyroid disease
- Urinalysis – testing for infection and crystals in the urine
We are also able to quickly test for parvovirus, Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, intestinal parasites, skin parasites, and ringworm.
For more complex tests and biopsies, we use a variety of reference laboratories. Obtaining the appropriate samples may occasionally involve specialized procedures such as surgical biopsies, fine needle aspirates, or other specialized procedures performed under anesthesia.
My pet seems fine. Why should I have the doctor run blood work?
- 10% of pets that appear healthy to their owners and veterinarians are found to have hidden diseases.
- Many diseases show few, or no symptoms during the initial stages of infection. When signs do become emerge, often it is because the infection has become severe.
- Just like with people, your cat or dog’s health will change with age. Since pets age faster than people, major health changes can happen rapidly.
- Wellness testing leads to early detection of disease. With early detection and treatment, your pet has an increased chance at a positive prognosis.
How do I know if my pet is at risk?
- Pets, especially cats, are great at suppressing their symptoms, keeping them hidden from their owners and veterinarians. Sometimes wellness testing is the only way to know for sure if your pet has an illness.
- It is important to be proactive when it comes to your pet’s health. Wellness visits are a great way to help maintain your pet’s good health, rather than testing when a pet appears sick. Focused on early detection, wellness testing is essential to preventing serious disease.
- As your pet’s age and weight increases, they become more at risk for illness. Wellness testing determines a baseline for your pet that can be used to monitor their health as they age.
What can I do to help?
- Schedule a wellness visit for your pet annually. Even if your pet shows no symptoms of disease, regular checkups can help your veterinarian detect illness.
- Be aware of shifts in your pet’s health. Inform your veterinarian immediately if you notice any changes in behavior or health, especially if you have a Senior Cat or Dog.
- Nutrition and exercise are essential to your pet’s well being, so make sure they eat right and play often. Only you can make sure your pet lives a healthy lifestyle.