St Johns Veterinary Hospital

and Cat Clinic

Wellness Testing

What your pets lab tests tell us:

1. Complete Blood Count (CBC)

The CBC tests for anemia, infection, inflammation and overall healthiness of the blood cells. It also evaluates the number and type of cells in circulation. White Blood Cells (WBC's) help fight infection or inflammation. Red Blood Cells (RBC's) carry oxygen to the tissues.

2. Chemistry Tests

The chemistry panel surveys many of the organ systems of the body to make sure they are working normally.

  • Liver (AST, ALT, Alk. Phos, T. Bilirubin, GGT, Cholesterol, Proteins)

This group of tests helps evaluate various functions and health of the liver. Decreased liver function, inflammation, infection and neoplasia (abnormal growth of cells) of the liver and gall bladder may be detected by one or all of these tests.

  • Kidney (BUN, Creatinine, Phosphorus, Amylase, Albumin, Globulin)

These tests monitor the function and health of the kidneys. They are the most helpful and sensitive for detecting kidney disease when combined with a urinalysis.

  • Pancreas (Glucose, Amylase, Lipase, Triglyceride)

These tests are abnormal when there is something wrong with the pancreas or carbohydrate metabolism (examples are diabetes mellitus and pancreatitis).

  • Muscle and Bone

Calcium and Phosphorus are helpful in determining the health of bone metabolism.

CPK and AST are abnormal with muscle damage, trauma, or inflammation.

Electroloytes (Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus) are important in monitoring the electrical, water balance, and cellular health of the body. Deficiencies or excesses of these electrolytes are harmful to the animal's physical and mental well-being.

3. Thyroid Function Tests

As the name implies, these tests are useful in diagnosing malfunctions of the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone) is common in dogs; whereas hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone) is common in older cats. Because there is no single thyroid test that can diagnose all thyroid diseases in animals, a panel of several different thyroid tests are used to ensure proper diagnosis.

4. Urinalysis

The urine sample is tested for several chemical components (glucose, protein, blood and more), as well as any cells (WBC, RBC, epithelial, etc.) and crystals. Urinalysis helps detect urinary tract infection, diabetes, and kidney failure.

5. Urine Culture

The urine specimen is plated on agar plates and incubated for 24 to 48 hours to allow any bacteria that may be present to grow. Any infection causing bacteria are further tested to determine what antibiotics are effective for treatment.

6. Parasite Exams

  • Fecal

A sample of stool is examined to look for hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, coccidia, Girardia and other intestinal parasites.

  • Blood

Serum is tested for the presence of heartworm on an annual basis. Whole blood can also be examined in anemic animals for other parasites, such as Babesia, Hemobartonella, or Cytauxzoon.

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80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by the age of 3..

Routine dental cleaning removes plaque and tarter from pet's teeth. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia without any pain or discomfort to the pet.


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Four staff veterinary surgeons provide a wide range of complex and routine procedures. Surgical and anesthetic protocols are individualized specifically for your pet..

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