What happens if a pet is suffering from an internal condition that cannot be seen or diagnosed during a physical exam? Veterinarians must turn to diagnostic tools such as x-rays, endoscopy, ultrasound, and blood work. At Sand Mountain Small Animal/Equine Hospital, Dr. Adams recognizes the importance of veterinary diagnostics, and for this reason, offers two complete blood work diagnostic laboratories at our hospital.
We can provide blood chemistry panels, complete blood counts (CBCs), electrolyte values, fecal, and urinalysis results within minutes, meaning that Dr. Adams can begin treatment right away if necessary. Blood chemistries indicate how well your pet’s liver, kidney, and pancreas function in your pet. A CBC can indicate your pet’s overall health; red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are all counted, and can indicate certain infections, cancers and the blood’s ability to clot. Electrolytes indicate whether an animal is dehydrated. Fecal testing locates intestinal parasites that can, on occasion, be spread to humans. Urinalysis can let our doctor know if your pet has certain infections, or diabetes.
It is extremely important to have blood work done on your pet before any surgical procedure to search for issues that may not be evident during a physical exam, and to help ensure that your pet is strong enough for surgery. Finally, blood work is an important tool to help our doctor find potential issues early, when treatment can be more effective.
Dr. Adams has many successful years of treating pets in the Boaz, Douglas, and Albertville areas of Alabama, and he will bring the same quality level of care to your constant companion. Experience the compassion, and see our state-of-the-art facility for yourself, by joining the Sand Mountain Small Animal/Equine Hospital family today.