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Brightwood Animal Hospital

Laboratory Services

Diagnostic testing can identify problems your pet may be experiencing so that proper treatment can begin before a condition worsens.


Unfortunately, pets can’t tell us where it hurts, and oftentimes, a healthy appearing animal may be masking symptoms of disease or illness. Veterinary diagnostic testing may be needed to identify any problems and to begin treatment as early as possible. These tests are especially helpful when symptoms are not specific or hard to define.

Why would my pet need laboratory work?

Most laboratory work is done through routine wellness exams as directed by your veterinarian. For emergencies or un-scheduled visits, our diagnostic lab will run various tests to determine the best treatment for your pet.

When would laboratory work be needed?

Regular bloodwork is recommended to determine your pet’s health. If any concerns or conditions are noted, your veterinarian will discuss the results and help you decide on proper treatment. If your pet is showing irregular behavior, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will determine which laboratory services are appropriate during your exam.

How do veterinarians use laboratory work?

To ensure a proper diagnosis, your pet is examined by looking at their eyes, ears, and skin; then their cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems are checked for any abnormalities. Blood and/or urine tests will be performed if necessary to check their kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system. Based on your pet’s condition, further diagnostic testing may be recommended.

If you are concerned something may be wrong with your pet, please call to schedule a medical assessment.