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7126 Hollister Ave Goleta, CA 93117
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Why In-house Lab Work Is So Important For Your Pet

La Concepcion Animal Hospital is an innovative veterinary care provider, and one of the ways that we separate ourselves is through our huge amount of in-house lab work services. Using the latest testing technology and advanced lab screening, we are well equipped to perform emergency lab work, hormone testing, and detected a wide range of illnesses and conditions. In order to understand better how La Concepcion Animal Hospital’s in-house lab work can help you, here is more information about our internal medicine veterinary services.

female veterinarian using a stethoscope on a cocker spaniel in Goleta

Emergency Lab Work

When it comes to a pet emergency, you don’t want to wait for results from diagnostics like blood work, urinalysis, stool analysis, and hormonal testing. There are many diseases and conditions that can only be detected through lab work screening methods. Waiting for these type of tests may not only cost your pet valuable time, but could actually jeopardize their life. Here are some of the main tests La Concepcion Animal Hospital offers in both emergency and standard examination settings.

Blood Work

At La Concepcion Animal Hospital we perform a variety of both red and white cell blood tests that can spot a wide range of disease and disorders.

Red blood cell tests can detect conditions like anemia, polycythemia, and many other disorders.

When certain white blood cell counts rise, it is a sign that your pet’s body is infected with a disease. In other cases, it may be a sign of a parasite, tumors, inflammation, and even certain types of cancer. It all depends on the type of white blood cells that are elevated inside the bloodstream.

Urinalysis

Urinalysis tests can also provide a valuable insight into your pet’s health. For example, urine typically contains a certain amount of bacteria, but if our tests detect an abnormally high level of bacteria, it’s a sign of a bacterial infection. From there, your vet can prescribe antibiotics to help control your pet’s infection.

Furthermore, a chemical analysis for your pet’s urine can detect pH levels, density levels, and help your vet spot signs of glucose, protein, or fragmented blood cells in your pet’s urine. These are the type of signs that your pet has a disease, defect or injury that requires treatment. Your vet can also detect a variety of signs of kidney diseases, such as an overabundance of “casts”, which are congealed proteins made in the kidney.

Stool Samples

Stool samples can also provide important insights into your pet’s health. Your vet can examine your pet’s stool for signs of cysts or eggs from parasites like Cryptosporidium or Giardia. Other parasites like tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms will also produce eggs that can be found in the stool. Stool analysis can also spot other problems like bloody stool, which is often a sign of a serious illness.

Hormonal Tests

Your La Concepcion Animal Hospital medical team can also conduct a wide variety of specialized hormonal tests on your pets which can help detect conditions that are often present in both cats, dogs, and other pets:

  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Addison’s disease
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Acromegaly

These are just a few of the serious hormonal conditions your pet can suffer from, and why La Concepcion Animal Hospital’s in-house lab is so important to properly diagnose your pet.

Contact La Concepcion Animal Hospital Today!

We at La Concepcion Animal Hospital not only offers state-of-the-art lab work for your pet but a variety of other diagnostic tools such as X-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, and EKG testing which help you accurately diagnose virtually any condition your pet is suffering from. La Concepcion Animal Hospital also features veterinary surgical procedures to help restore your pet back to health once a diagnosis is made. When you need a veterinarian in Santa Barbara call us today at 805-685-4513 or visit our office at 7126 Hollister Ave Goleta, CA 93117.

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