LABORATORY       View details


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
    • o   For the detection of intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms
    • o   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
    • o   Lyme disease
    • o   Anaplasmosis
    • o   Ehrlichia

 Other in-house tests available for your pet:

  • ·         Complete blood count (CBC)
    • o   Provides red and white blood cell counts
    • o   Aids in the detection of anemias and infection
  • ·         Chemistry profile
    • o   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
    • o   For the detection of microorganisms and parasites in cases of ear infections
  • ·         Skin cytology
    • o   For the determination of types and numbers of microorganism such as bacteria and yeast in a number of skin conditions
  • ·         Skin scraping
    • o   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
    • o   ACTH stimulation testing
    • o   Low dose and High dose Dexamethasone Suppression Testing
    • o   Fructosamine evaluations
  • ·         Vaccine titer evaluations
  • ·         PCR testing for certain viral or bacterial infections
  • ·         Urine and tissue cultures