Blood tests are an important part of diagnosing illnesses in pets when they are sick and for monitoring pets as they get older. The doctors at Anchor Animal Hospital frequently send blood samples to Idexx laboratories. Idexx laboratories is one of the best reference laboratories available and most tests results are available in 1-2 days!
In some cases, particularly when a patient is sick, test results are needed faster than 1-2 days. When rapid testing is required, Anchor Animal Hospital is prepared. Anchor has a full in-house laboratory suite which is integrated into our computer system to provide accuracy and to streamline the testing process
CBC stands for complete blood count. This machine gives an accurate count of the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This is an important piece of equipment to check for anemia, elevated white blood cell counts, or low platelets. In addition our doctors can check blood smears under the microscope to further evaluate blood cells to confirm problems, evaluate shape, or to look for blood parasites.
The snap 4Dx is a combination test that provides rapid results for Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichia canis, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum exposure and infections. These are potentially life threatening infectious diseases for dogs. Fortunately, when diagnosed early most infections are easily treatable. We perform this test yearly on all of our canine patients as part of their routine wellness exams.
This is a combination test that checks cats for both feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infections. These are two common and life threatening infections of cats. Kittens are generally tested to make sure that they didn’t acquire one of these diseases from their mother. Both of these infections are transmitted from direct contact such as bite wounds, this puts outdoor cats at risk for these diseases. There is an effective vaccine for FELV; we test all cats before starting this vaccine.
Catalyst Dx Chemistry Analyzer
The chemistry analyzer processes the blood sample through a dry slide technology which produces accurate chemistry results which help evaluate the major internal organs.
VetLyte Electrolyte Analyzer
The electrolyte analyzer reports produces rapid results of the sodium, potassium, and chloride levels in the blood. These electrolytes are very important in muscle, heart, and nerve function. In some cases abnormalities can require immediate treatment.
Parvo virus is an extremely serious virus affecting dogs. It affects the GI tract and bone marrow. 25%-50% of infected dogs can die even with aggressive treatment. The Snap Parvo test provides a rapid diagnosis of the disease which allows immediate treatment. Fortunately there is a very effective vaccine for this disease so most of the time we only see it in unvaccinated dogs.
The snap cPL is a new test to help identify and diagnose dogs with pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas which causes anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Pancreatitis can be difficult to diagnose in dogs but the SNAP cPL is a new test which increases our sensitivity to detecting this disease.