On-Site Diagnostic Laboratory
Veterinary Specialists of Greater New Orleans has the most advanced diagnostic laboratory system available in veterinary medicine. Blood work and laboratory testing are crucial in assisting our experienced veterinarians and surgeons to make accurate diagnoses. These are important because our patients cannot communicate, and many conditions cannot be identified through physical exam. Our complete laboratory has the ability to quickly and accurately determine blood chemistry values, complete blood counts (CBCs), electrolyte levels, urinalysis values and hormone levels. Our lab allows our experienced veterinarians to make definitive diagnoses quickly, and allows them to begin immediate treatment if necessary.
The chemistry analyzers at Veterinary Specialists of New Orleans measure the overall major organ function in our patients. These assist our veterinarians and surgeons in determining many types of illness and disease states. Liver, kidney disease, pancreatitis, and dehydration are some of the many issues that can be uncovered by running a blood serum profile.
Complete Blood Counts (CBCs)
A complete blood count can be performed at Veterinary Specialists of Greater New Orleans in our laboratory with a simple blood draw from the pet. CBCs provide invaluable data to our veterinarians, and can help them diagnose conditions including infections, parasitic infections, anemia, certain types of cancer, and dehydration in the patient.
A urinalysis is a relatively simple test using the urine from the patient. These tests can yield valuable insight regarding their kidney function and hydration level. Other issues that can be uncovered with a urinalysis include renal, liver disease, and hemolytic disease.
Electrolytes and Blood Gases
This is a measure of the animals acid/base status. We are also able to measure ionized calcium and other electrolytes with this diagnostic machine.