Blood testing is important in all medicine, both human and animal, but is especially important as our pets cannot tell us where they hurt. Cumberland Animal Hospital is pleased to offer the most advanced blood testing analyzers available in veterinary medicine. Our lab consists of a Complete Blood Count (CBC) analyzer, blood chemistry unit, electrolyte testing, and T4 and cortisol analysis.
A complete blood count determines how many red cells, white cells, and platelets are available in your pet’s blood. These red cell values help our doctors understand if your pet has enough red blood cells or if they are anemic, meaning there is a lack of blood cell production. White cell counts can indicate certain types of infection as well as indicate if an animal may be suffering from certain cancers or leukemia. Finally, platelet counts can show if the blood can clot.
Blood chemistry values indicate levels of organ function, including the liver and kidneys. Blood chemistry levels allow our doctors to know how well or poorly these organs are performing, or if they are diseased or impaired. Electrolytes indicate whether or not fluid therapy may be necessary for your pet. T4 and cortisol levels are indicators of thyroid conditions and adrenal function.
All of these valuable levels can be determined quickly in our lab, meaning our doctors can begin immediate treatment if necessary. These analyzers are also convenient for our clients, as we can obtain the results during your appointment time and begin a diagnosis for your pet.
Most veterinary practices today have standard x-ray technology used in their office. At Cumberland Animal Hospital we have digital x-ray technology which is has superior quality and accuracy. The images taken by our doctor can be manipulated by our computer, meaning fewer x-rays may need to be taken. There is very little exposure to radiation to your pet under our digital system. Unlike traditional x-ray system, your pet’s images can be emailed to a specialist if necessary insuring faster treatment for your pet.
X-rays are a wonderful tool used by human doctors and veterinarians alike to diagnose a multitude of issues that may arise in our patients. Not only can an x-ray be used to locate a broken bone or swallowed foreign object, but it can also be used to detect abnormal organ size and certain cancers. Some x-rays are done while your pet is conscious and others are done while your pet is under anesthesia (ex: hip x-rays that require special positioning).
While x-ray is an amazing service for most issues facing our pets, sometimes further testing is required. At Cumberland Animal Hospital we are pleased to provide ultrasound services in addition to x-rays. Ultrasounds are exams that require almost no preparation, are low in radiation and provide instant results to the doctor. Your veterinarian will use ultrasound to check masses, organ size and texture, vasculature, heart condition and abnormal fluid collections. Our doctors can also use ultrasound on pregnant pets to know the size of a litter and the healthiness of the mother.