Thanks to advances in veterinary care, diagnostics, and earlier intervention, pets are living longer than ever. La Crosse Veterinary Clinic offers several advanced diagnostic services that enable us to examine your pet internally and treat health conditions more efficiently. For your convenience, we offer most of these services in-house.
We perform many diagnostic tests right here in our modern, in-clinic laboratory. Even if your pet appears healthy on the outside, the results of a blood test, fecal exam, or urinalysis can help us detect the early stages of an illness or disease before your pet starts feeling sick. For tests we cannot perform in-house, we rely on outside diagnostic laboratories that are staffed by veterinary experts. Below is a list of the most common tests we perform in our laboratory.
Blood Tests for Pet: Bloods test for pets determines the health of internal organs such as liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenal glands, immune system, muscles, and bone, as well as analyzing the blood cells to look for infections, anemia, blood clotting disorders, and more. Other blood tests look for specific disease related antigens and antibodies such as Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), heartworm disease, Lyme disease, and several other diseases.
Heartworm & Tick Disease Blood Test (4DX Plus): This blood test is used to detect the presence of six common diseases: heartworm disease, which is spread by infected mosquitoes; and five diseases spread by several types of ticks, Lyme disease, two types of ehrlichiosis, and two types of anaplasmosis.
Pet Fecal Exam: A fecal exam involves examining a fresh stool sample under a microscope to detect the presence of intestinal parasites, such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms.
Urinalysis: Examining a urine sample provides information about the function of many internal organs, including the kidney, bladder, and pancreas. The results of a urinalysis can indicate the presence of certain metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, the presence of crystals which cause pain, inflammation and the formation of stones in the bladder, the presence of bacteria which causes infection, and the presence of abnormal or cancerous cells.
Digital Radiography/Pet X-rays
Here at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic, we use digital radiography (x-rays) to safely and painlessly examine your pet’s bones and soft tissues. Digital radiographs can also be used to identify foreign bodies. This diagnostic technology provides a number of benefits, both for your pet and for our veterinarians. With our modern x-ray unit, images are produced within seconds and can be shared digitally if necessary. The quality of the images is very clear and detailed, which helps us better examine your pet by being able to zoom in or change the color or contrast in specific areas of the image.
Ultrasounds for Pets
Just as with humans, ultrasound technology in the veterinary industry involves examining the internal structures of the body by recording the echoes of ultrasonic waves. In collaboration with Dr. Rita Miller, one of our board certified referring veterinarians, we offer ultrasound technology to examine your pet’s internal organs. We use the Doppler ultrasound technique, which also evaluates blood flow. This technique is safe, painless, and effective.