In-House Pet Laboratory in Charleston, SC

Laboratory testing is one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine because it provides information about the internal organs and blood stream. West Ashley Veterinary Clinic is fully-equipped with a laboratory that allows us to perform a variety of tests. These tests allow us to rapidly diagnose a multitude of conditions.

Dog & Cat Blood Work

We use our extensive hematology lab station to perform comprehensive blood panels, which are used to evaluate major organ and cellular function in our patients. These panels are a useful diagnostic tool for sick dogs and cats and can be used for pre-anesthetic blood work for surgical patients as well. The results of these panels are produced within 15-20 minutes, giving us the opportunity to provide prompt treatment if needed. The sooner a condition is treated, the greater the chances of successful recovery.

Pet Diagnostics in Charleston, SC: Vet looking under microscope
Pet Diagnostics in Charleston, SC: Two vets working in the in-house laboratory

Dog & Cat SNAP Tests

Our animal hospital is also equipped with SNAP testing technology, which allows us to test for various contagious diseases with a single blood test. This testing takes just a few minutes and requires only a small blood sample. Some of the diseases that can be diagnosed with SNAP testing include:

  • Canine heartworm disease
  • Feline leukemia (FeLV)
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
  • Canine/feline pancreatitis
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid problems

Pet Skin & Ear Cytology

Skin cytology involves collecting samples from various areas of the body, including the skin and ears. The samples can be obtained by superficial skin scrapes, swabs for culture, impression smears, or aspiration (masses). Cytological evaluations under the microscope are performed by our veterinarians and technicians. This way we can diagnose parasites, infections (bacterial and fungal), inflammation, some types of cancer and other conditions. In some cases, we send these samples to pathology or microbiology for analysis.

Tests for Pet Ocular Exams

For the eye, the most delicate of organs, delays in diagnosis can be catastrophic; therefore, a fast diagnosis on a “red eye” is crucial. Tests for corneal ulcers, dry eye, and glaucoma are performed on site to speed treatment and preserve vision.

Dog & Cat Urinalysis

Animal urine samples are tested for evidence of infection, cancer, and other health issues. After sample collection, a vet or licensed technician examines the urine and sediment under the microscope. Treatment or further diagnostics can then be recommended based on the findings.

Pet Diagnostics in Charleston, SC: Dog next to fire hydrant
Pet Diagnostics in Charleston, SC: Dog next to fire hydrant
Pet Diagnostics in Charleston, SC: Dog next to fire hydrant