Diagnostics

Dr Vandermeer examines a specimen under the microscope

Dr Vandermeer examines a specimen under the microscope

At Yaletown Pet Hospital we have the ability to perform a wide variety of diagnostic tests on site. We have equipment in clinc that allows us to perform a variety of blood tests using the Abaxis VetScan VS-2 blood chemistry analyzer and the HM-5 hematology unit. We can also perform urinalysis, fecal testing on site. For blood tests, tissue analysis, and microbiological tests like bacterial culturesthat we cannot process on site, we have regular pick-ups (once or twice daily) from the 2 veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the Lower Mainland. Regardless of where the tests are performed, results will generally be available within 24 hours for most tests.

Prior to all anaesthetic procedures we will collect a blood sample for Surgery Prep Profile. This is to ensure there are no abnormalities present that could make the anaesthetic a riskier procedure- if anything is noted that would result in a higher anaesthetic risk, one of the doctors will call to discuss the test results before proceeding, or even postpone the procedure so we can monitor the changes.
Even in our young patients, usually presented for spaying or neutering, we run pre-anaesthetic blood tests. While most of these test results turn out to be normal, every now and then we pick up on an underlying problem that may have gone undetected until the pet started showing clinical signs at a later date- early disease detection and prevention is always better than treating once symptoms arise.