The Northwest Family of practices cares about our communities four legged family members. We know that when they aren’t feeling their best, you look to us to make them feel better. We take that responsibility very seriously and are grateful for each visit to us. We have taken to the motto, “When you do the right things, the right things happen.” Because of this, we have made many investments in upgrading our facilities in house diagnostics so that we can receive results faster and start treatment sooner.
Just like humans, pets can benefit in a wide variety of ways from the use of diagnostic laboratory testing. If your pet appears to be healthy, lab tests are used to make sure that there are no underlying diseases that are unknown. If your pet is sick, laboratory tests are essential in diagnosing the problem and treating it; helping to minimize pain and the potential continued deterioration of your pet’s condition. Our doctors are trained to use lab results to diagnose even the most subtle changes in your pet’s condition. The following tests available in-house at Northwest Pet Clinic:
- Complete Blood Count
- Blood-Chemistry Panel
- Parasite Evaluation
- Rapid Diagnosis for Serious Disease
- Digital Radiography
Complete Blood Count: This is a routine test and measures the number of white blood cells, redblood cells, and platelets in your pet’s blood sample. This information is usedby our veterinarians to diagnose a variety of conditions; such as anemia,infections, bleeding disorders, and leukemia. It also helps our veterinariansmeasure how well your pet is responding to certain medical treatments.
Urinalysis: An analysis of urine allows our veterinarians to measure different elements such as protein, sugar, or blood, and helps our veterinarians diagnose diseases. Urinalysis is a useful tool in the diagnosis of conditions such as urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, and many other health problems.
Blood-Chemistry Panel: A blood-chemistry helps us to evaluate the functions of the kidneys, liver, pancreas, and other organ systems.
Parasite Evaluation: The most common use of a microscopic examination of your pet’s feces is to determine whether or not your pet has an intestinal parasite, such as tapeworm, roundworm, whipworm, hookworm, or giardia. Your pet’s feces can also be examined to provide information about diseases such as digestive disorders and ulcers.
Rapid Diagnosis for Serious Disease: We carry rapid diagnostic tests in-house to screen for serious diseases such as canine parvovirus, feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency, lyme disease, tick fever, pancreatitis, and heartworms. Rapid diagnosis leads to faster, more accurate treatment, and better recovery for your pet.
Digital Radiology: Radiology is vital to any veterinary practice (especially one that offers Orthopedic procedures), but the addition of digital radiology was well overdue and offers convenience to both our clients as well as the veterinary staff. Now we are able to show our concerned client in the rooms what the radiograph has shown and enlarge any part of each film for clarification. If a referral is necessary, we can now email or copy the images to a disc for easy transfer.
Ultrasound: Our newest acquisition, our ultrasound machine allows us to see internal organs that may not come up as clear on radiographs. This is vital in cases where fluid is building up or organs are enlarged or have masses attached to them.
In order to provide the highest quality diagnostic services for your pets, Northwest Pet Clinic has strong relationships with many large and well known advanced diagnostic laboratories. Because of these relationships, we are able to utilize these resources to obtain accurate diagnoses for your beloved family members so that they feel better as soon as possible.