In-Clinic Diagnostics

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Apollo Pet Hospital & Resort offers a wide range of comprehensive diagnostic lab services right under our roof. In the past, blood work had to be sent to an outside diagnostic laboratory for analysis and we would have to wait for the results to come back. Now, our in-house lab facilities provide our doctors with results within minutes so that treatment can begin immediately if necessary.

Complete Blood Count (C.B.C.)

One of the analyzers at our hospital is a complete blood count (or “C.B.C.”) unit. This instrument can give our doctors an accurate red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet count for your pet. An increase in red cells can indicate dehydration or a disease associated with increases in red blood cells; decreases may indicate anemia. An increase in white cells can indicate stress or leukemia, while decreases may mean inflammation or bone marrow failure. Finally, platelets can indicate how well your pet’s blood may be able to clot in the event of surgery.

Blood Chemistries

The blood chemistry analyzer at Apollo Pet Hospital & Resort gives our doctors valuable information regarding the organ function of pets. Liver, kidney and pancreas functionality can quickly be determined in our laboratory. These functions are extremely important prior to surgery to determine how well your pet may process anesthesia through their body. Also, pets that may have issues that cannot be determined during a physical exam can benefit through blood chemistry testing. Finally, electrolyte levels can be evaluated to determine if your pet may need fluid administration due to an accident or during a surgical procedure.

Blood diagnostics are extremely important in veterinary medicine, since pets cannot tell us where they may be hurting. Blood work can point the doctors in the right direction so they can begin care and treatment of your pet right away. Our doctors also recommend blood work prior to any surgical procedure to screen for any potential complications. If your pet is not feeling themselves or is in need of a surgical procedure, call the team at Apollo Pet Hospital & Resort to have your pet’s blood work checked today.

Apollo Pet Hospital & Resort offers pet diagnostic services to Huntsville and other nearby cities such as Meridianville, Hazel Green, Decatur, and Athens.