We work with both an in-house and an external reference laboratory to provide speedy results, with most blood panels being available in 24 hours. If more specialty testing is required, we have access to laboratory services available both across Canada and in the United States.
Blood and urine analysis is often a starting point in many sick kitties as it is non-invasive, fast, and provides a good overview of organ function. Blood work looks at red and white cell counts, kidney waste product levels, liver and pancreas enzymes, thyroid hormone levels, electrolytes, and minerals. Urine can tell us about possible infection, crystals, or inflammation.
Some cases require more specialized lab work including tissue analysis (histopathology), rabies titre testing for travel, viral identification through PCR, and culture. These tests are available although the results generally take a bit longer to get back.