The Importance of an In-House Lab

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Some of the most important characteristics of an animal hospital involve functions that take place behind the scenes. The presence of an in-house lab is a good example of one such department. Most clients will never witness our lab in action, but if the time should come when your pet is in need of quick and accurate diagnostics, you’ll be glad he or she is in our hands.

Veterinary Blood Work

Our lab at the Animal Hospital of Rocky Hill features some of the latest equipment for analyzing blood. Without having to send out samples to a lab, we have the ability to create several types of profiles.

  • Hematology — Also known as a complete blood count (CBC), a hematology profile examines red and white blood cell counts, hemoglobin, and platelets, as well as a variety of other properties found within blood. It is a basic test for all hematology investigations, including any abnormalities and responses to disease.
  • Blood chemistry — Tests and measures chemical constituents within blood, such as protein, glucose, electrolytes, and others. The primary job of the blood chemistry profile is to examine organ function in an attempt to detect illness or disease.
  • Coagulation — Assesses the functionality of the blood proteins, which determine abnormalities in bleeding, bruising, and clotting.

In addition to our ability to thoroughly analyze blood, we also have the capability of performing complete blood transfusions.

Veterinary X-ray and Ultrasound

The ability to take X-rays and perform ultrasound readings is important to veterinary diagnostics, as it allows our veterinarians to look inside your pet without having to conduct exploratory surgery. From broken bones and orthopedic issues to identifying masses or foreign objects, our X-ray and ultrasound equipment are capable of handling it all.

  • Digital X-ray — Since no X-ray film is used, it literally takes seconds for us to X-ray an animal and produce a picture onto a monitor. It also gives us the ability to email the picture to a specialist.
  • Ultrasound — Board-certified sonographer, Dr. Eric Linnetz, is always on call, and handles all of our ultrasound readings.

For more information about our veterinary diagnostics, or to make an appointment for your pet, we invite you to contact us today. A helpful member of our staff will be happy to answer any of your questions.

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