In-house Laboratory for Pets
At World of Animals at Bethayres, our primary objective is to provide the finest quality care for your pets. Our veterinarians will share with you their knowledge and expertise on the procedures and testing which 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 in-house laboratory equipment. Our lab is capable of swiftly running routine testing, including:
- CBC – which checks for anemia and infections
- Chemistry Panel – which tests for diabetes, as well as kidney & liver function
- Thyroid Screening – which tests for thyroid disease
- Urinalysis – testing for infection and crystals in the urine
We are also able using our laboratory 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.
In-house Laboratory for pets Philadelphia, Montgomery County, and Bucks County
Our doctors may recommend blood work or other diagnostic testing to help identify problems after they examine your pet. Our hospital has in-house laboratory equipment capable of quickly running routine CBC chemistry blood work, as well as testing for parvovirus, feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, intestinal parasites, skin parasites, ringworm, and urinalysis.
We also use a variety of reference laboratories to perform more complex tests and biopsies. Sometimes, obtaining the appropriate samples may 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?
• Appearances can be deceiving. 10% of pets that appear healthy to owners and veterinarians during annual checkups are found to have hidden diseases.
• Many diseases show few, if any, signs during the initial stages of infection. When signs do become visible, it is often because the infection has become serious.
• Just like with people, your cat’s or dog’s health will change as it ages, and because pets age faster than people, major health changes can happen fast.
• Wellness testing leads to the early detection of disease. With early detection and treatment, your pet has a better chance at a positive prognosis.
How do I know if my pet is at risk?
• Pets—especially cats—are great at keeping illnesses hidden from owners and veterinarians. Sometimes wellness testing is the only way to know for sure if your pet has an illness.
• Rather than testing when a pet appears sick, wellness visits are a proactive approach to maintaining your pet’s good health. Focused on early detection, wellness testing is also essential to preventing serious disease.
• As your pet’s age and excess weight increase, their risk for becoming ill also increases. Wellness testing establishes a baseline for your individual pet that can be used to monitor their health as they age.
What can I do to help?
• Schedule an annual wellness visit for your pet. Regular checkups can help your veterinarian detect disease, even if your pet shows no signs of being sick.
• Watch for changes in your pet’s health. Tell your veterinarian immediately if you notice any changes in behavior or health, especially if you have a senior cat or dog.
• Help your pet live a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition and exercise are essential to your pet’s well-being, so make sure they eat right and play often.