Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use electromagnetic radiation and other technologies for diagnostic imaging. These technologies provide us with detailed insights into the health of your pet's internal structures.
At La Pine Animal Hospital, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology and urinalysis procedures to a range of diagnostic testing including tests for heartworm, Felv/FIV, Lyme disease, and more.
With our testing and diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's health and provide immediate treatment options.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in La Pine
We perform tests like radiography, urinalysis and blood chemistry panels in order to get results quickly in our in-house veterinary lab at La Pine Animal Hospital. This way, we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in La Pine is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, our vets are proud to offer heartworm testing, Lyme testing, parvo testing, FIV/FeLV testing, as well as urinalysis via cysto.
Other diagnostic technology and tests available at our in-house lab include:
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
Using a radiograph (digital x-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is safe, painless, and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and some tumors.
At our vet lab in La Pine, we can run several common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your pet and to diagnose illness.
We conduct comprehensive blood chemistry panels on our patients to help assess their general health and well-being in addition to diagnosing pressing health issues.
Some of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, thyroid testing, ACTH levels, glucose screening and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis by cysto (Cystocentesis) is a process where a sterile needle and syringe are used to collect urine from your pet's bladder. The needle is passed through the abdominal wall into a full bladder and urine is withdrawn directly into the sterile syringe.
This method of urinalysis helps to ensure that the urine sample is not contaminated by miscellaneous debris from the lower urinary passage. We use ultrasound imaging to assist in this procedure to ensure its success and accuracy.
This test is ideal for assessing the health of your pet's bladder and kidneys and for detecting an existing bacterial infection.
We offer ultrasound services on an appointment basis with Patti Mayfield, DVM, HABC, CVCH, SDEP Certified - Smiling Dog Veterinary Services.