Otay Vet Veterinary Clinic Services
Our in-house laboratory facilities provide in less than an hour the following services: Serum chemistry, Hematology, Serology, Fecal analysis, Urinalysis and Parasite testing.
Blood work and
Routine blood tests are run before anesthesia and/or surgery to make sure that your pet does not have a disease or illness that would make anesthesia or surgery a big risk. This lab work is very similar to the “pre-op labs” that your own doctor would recommend before you have any procedure performed on yourself.
Fecal tests provide insights regarding any intestinal parasites that may be inhabiting your pet’s body. Intestinal parasites are organisms that live, grow, and feed in the intestinal tract taking away nutrition and in severe cases causing illnesses such as anorexia, diarrhea, vomiting, anemia, or even death. The best way to detect parasites is by testing a fresh fecal sample for the parasite’s eggs. Treatment may vary depending of the type of parasite found, but it usually consists of oral medication.
A urinalysis test checks for levels of specific chemicals in your pet’s urine. Abnormal levels of certain chemicals can be a sign of specific illnesses. The urinalysis screens for imbalances that can be an indication of kidney disease, kidney infections, bacterial infections, urinary tract disease, diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, urinary bladder disease, auto-immune disease, Cushing’s disease, prostrate disease, and hepatitis and liver conditions.
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