Laboratory

LABORATORY      

 

Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital offers a full complement of in-house laboratory equipment, allowing us to perform a large number of diagnostic tests on-site to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. In addition, we maintain a relationship with a national diagnostic laboratory for the times when off-site diagnostics are needed.

Commonly performed in-house wellness tests include:

  • Fecal analysis
    • For the detection of intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms
    • For the detection of the Giardia and coccidia
  • Heartworm tests for dogs and cats
  • Tests for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Tests for common tick-borne illnesses in the dog
    • Lyme disease
    • Anaplasmosis
    • Ehrlichia

 Other in-house tests available for your pet:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • Provides red and white blood cell counts
    • Aids in the detection of anemias and infection
  • Chemistry profile
    • For the evaluation of kidney and liver values, blood glucose, protein levels and electrolytes
  • Tests for Canine Pancreatitis
  • Tests for Canine Parvovirus
  • Thyroid hormone assays
  • Canine Pregnancy Testing
  • Ear cytology
    • For the detection of microorganisms and parasites in cases of ear infections
  • Skin cytology
    • For the determination of types and numbers of microorganism such as bacteria and yeast in a number of skin conditions
  • Skin scraping
    • For the detection of microscopic parasites such as mites in a number of skin conditions
  • Mass cytology

 In the case that your pet needs a test not offered by our laboratory, we are able to obtain blood and/or tissue samples on-site to be sent out to a national laboratory. Results are often available within a few business days. These tests include:

  • Bile acids assay for liver function
  •  Tests for endocrine, or hormonal, disorders
    • ACTH stimulation testing
    • Low dose and High dose Dexamethasone Suppression Testing
    • Fructosamine evaluations
  • Vaccine titer evaluations
  • PCR testing for certain viral or bacterial infections
  • Urine and tissue cultures