If something seems off about your pet but you can’t pinpoint the cause, laboratory services are a great place to start. Our team at Urban PetRx is equipped with an in-house laboratory ready to run many of the necessary tests to get to the bottom of the problem. This allows us to treat your pet in a timely manner, ultimately speeding up the process of getting back to their happy, healthy selves. Our accurate laboratory services will help provide you with the peace of mind that you need during an otherwise stressful time. After all, pets are family!
We also work with outside, reference labs.
Reasons Your Pet May Need Lab Work
There are a variety of reasons that your pet may need our laboratory services, so if our team recommends it, don’t panic! In fact, annual blood work is a good idea to help identify any developing problems, allowing us to effectively treat your pet as efficiently as possible. Think of lab work as behind-the-scenes tests to help diagnose or assess symptoms that your pet cannot feel. It also helps our vet in Bridgeport establish a baseline for your pet and what is considered to be normal for their body.
Types of Blood Work
There are two common types of blood tests; CBC stands for “complete blood count” and it tests the cells in the blood. Second, there is a chemical panel that targets the components of the fluid part of the blood. The CBC can help identify the following issues:
- Bacterial infections
- Blood cancers
- Tick-borne diseases
- Bone marrow diseases
- Viral infections
- Autoimmune diseases
Blood tests are also a great idea to complete before your pet goes under anesthesia for the first time, so it is common that we recommend the completion of blood work before your pet is spayed or neutered.
Our In-House Laboratory
Whether it’s a routine lab test or an emergency test, our in-house laboratory produces fast and accurate results. Generally speaking, it is recommended that one blood panel is completed before your dog or cat turns 6 months old followed by once every 1-2 years after as needed. All pets over 8 years old should have blood work completed at least once a year.
Blood work plays an essential role in helping keep your pet healthy! If you have questions about our blood work services, please reach out to us today.