- Intestinal Parasite Screening (Fecal Floatation)-Using a special floatation technique designed to obtain the best results and microscopic evaluation by a skilled team member, our hospital tests your pet's stool for the presence of intestinal parasites such as roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, and coccidia. Bring a sample to your pet's appointment anytime they have diarrhea or stomach upset, as well as yearly at your pet's annual exam. Some parasites are transferable between animals and humans. If your pet does have a parasite, we will advise you on appropriate follow up treatment and discuss precautions you should use at home to prevent passing the parasite to you or your family.
- Ear Cytology (Ear Swab)- Ear infections are a common occurrence in both dogs and cats. In order to determine what types of organisms are causing the disease and discomfort, we take a small amount of debris from each of your pet's ears. This debris is spread as a think film onto a glass slide, dyed with a special stain, and viewed microscopically by one of our experienced staff. Once we have this information, we can prescribe the most appropriate medication to resolve the issue.
- Skin Cytology (Impression Smear)- Skin infections, particularly associated with allergies, are commonly seen in both cats and dogs. These infections can be caused by bacteria and/or fungus. It is essential to know which organisms are present on the skin during an infection in order to resolve the problem. The treatment for fungal infections is not effective against bacteria and vice versa. When performing skin cytology, representative areas of infection are chosen and a microscope slide is pressed firmly against each location on the skin. This slide is then heat fixed, stained, and viewed by the doctor to determine what treatments are appropriate.
- Lump/ Growth Cytology- Lumps and bumps on pets, particularly seniors, are common and can be cause for concern. Aside from a couple exceptions, it is impossible to identify the type of growth or predict its behavior by feeling or looking at it. Two different techniques can be used to obtain a small amount of cells from a growth. Depending on the location, size, and blood supply to the growth, a needle attached to a syringe is placed into the growth an d cells are either suctioned or packed into the shaft of the needle. These cells are then extracted from the needle and carefully placed onto a microscope slide in a thin layer, stained, and viewed by the doctor to obtain information.
- Skin Scrape- When hair loss or hair thinning occurs on your pet, external parasites are a possible cause, including mites. The test for mites is performed by literally scraping the skin with a scalpel blade in an attempt to force mites out of the hair follicle. The material removed from the skin by the scraping is then placed on a glass slide and viewed under the microscope by one of our trained team members. While mildly uncomfortable, this procedure does not cause pain to your pet.
- Blood Testing- Blood testing is one of the most informative diagnostic procedures that can be performed on both ill and healthy pets. It gives us a window into how your pet's organs are functioning and allows us to find changes, often before they show any sign of problems. This helps us prevent, intervene, and treat diseases in your pet. We have the capabilities of performing both chemistry panels and complete blood counts on the premises.
- Chemistry panel- We can evaluate enzymes, proteins, and electrolytes. These components in your pet's blood reflect he health of different organs such as the kidneys, liver, and pancreas.
- Complete blood count (CBC)- Evaluation of the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets can help us identify anemia, infection, inflammation, leukemia, and clotting disorders in your pet.
- Complete urinalysis- There are two parts to a complete urinalysis. The first involves testing the urine concentration, evaluating the acidity or alkalinity, and screening for presence of protein, sugar, and other chemical components of the urine. The second part requires viewing the cellular components of the urine microscopically. We may find red blood cells, white blood cells, bacteria, crystals, or cells from the bladder wall or kidneys. Putting all this information together gives us an idea about your pet's urinary tract health and sometimes the health of other systems.
- Blood Pressure Testing- High blood pressure can lead to blindness, heart and vascular disease, and kidney damage. Using an inflatable cuff appropriate to your pet's size and equipment similar to that used in people, we can determine if your pet suffers from hypertension
Our hospital performs a variety of laboratory tests here on the premises, providing information within 20 minutes or less
In addition to extensive in hospital testing available, we work with a full service veterinary outside laboratory. This expands our testing abilities to include almost limitless options such as:
- Cultures to detect and identify specific bacteria or fungus. We also have the ability to test the specific bacteria against different antibiotics to find the best medication choice.
- We can have a specialist evaluate the cells from a growth to give us important information about whether surgery is necessary and whether special techniques are necessary at surgery.
- When a growth is removed surgically, we can have a specialist evaluate and identify the exact type of growth, telling us whether the lump is cancerous.
- Extensive blood enzyme testing options including thyroid and liver function tests and therapeutic drug monitoring levels. We can test for diseases such as hyperadrenocorticism, hypoadrenocorticism, pancreatitis, clotting disorders, immune system disease, viral diseases, parasitic diseases, bacterial diseases, and fungal diseases.
Woodridge Animal Hospital
2009 W. 75th Street, Woodridge, IL 60517