In-House Laboratory

Fast, Accurate, Diagnostics Available in our In-House Laboratory

Acredale Animal Hospital has an extensive in-house veterinary laboratory in order to provide our veterinarians with the diagnostic tools they need to diagnose common pet health problems. Often, we perform several tests together in order to obtain a complete picture of your pet’s overall health. For advanced testing needs, we partner with a courier service to transport samples to a specialty laboratory.  Samples are picked up from our hospital daily in order to receive your pet’s results as quickly as possible. Please read below for a brief description of some of the tests available in our in house laboratory.  

  • Blood chemistry tests: measures values in the bloodstream that allow us to identify abnormalities of the liver, kidneys, pancreas and other organ systems.
  • Complete blood count (CBC): measures red and white blood cell counts; this helps us diagnose anemia, and infections.
  • Urinalysis: In addition to screening for a urinary tract infection, a urinalysis can also help detect kidney disease, diabetes, and bladder stones or masses. 
  • Fecal analysis: screens for presence of blood in stool samples, abnormal bacterial ratios as well as intestinal parasites
  • Parvovirus screening:  The quicker parvovirus is detected, the quicker the necessary intensive care can be initiated.  Therefore, we screen all pets suspected to have parvovirus in our in-house lab.  If you suspect your pet may have parvovirus, please contact us as soon as possible.  
  • Skin scraping & skin cytology: evaluates for mites and skin infections
  • Ear cytology: detects abnormal yeast or bacterial populations and helps guide medication selection and treatment progress.
  • Tick borne disease screening: we can detect exposure to common tick borne diseases such as lyme disease, ehrlichia and anaplasma in less than 10 minutes!
  • Feline immunodeficiency disease testing: We only need a very small amount of blood to be able to run this quick in house test to determine if your pet has been exposed to feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus.  
  • Fine needle aspirates: If your pet has a new or unusual mass or growth on his skin, our veterinarians will take a small sample from the mass using a needle. This sample is then evaluated with a microscope in our in house lab. If abnormal cells are noted, we may recommend having a pathologist review the sample to help determine if the mass is malignant or benign.


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