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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. We recommend veterinary diagnostic testing to identify any problems and to begin treatment as early as possible. These tests are especially helpful when symptoms are unspecific or hard to define.

When would laboratory work be needed?

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

We recommend regular tests to determine your pet’s health. If any concerns or conditions are found, we will help you decide on proper treatment. If your pet is showing irregular behavior, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors will determine which laboratory services are appropriate during your exam.

How do veterinarians use laboratory work?

To ensure a proper diagnosis, we first examine your pet by looking at their eyes, ears, and skin; then we check their cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will then perform blood and/or urine tests if necessary to check their kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic testing.

If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a medical assessment.

Our In-House Laboratory

Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital understands the need for fast and accurate diagnoses. The sooner we know exactly what’s going on, the more likely it is we can implement a successful treatment plan.

Our in-house lab can process a variety of different tests, including:

  • Blood chemistry panel — This test allows our doctors to measure the balance of electrolytes, enzymes, and other chemical elements to show the health of internal organs.

  • Complete blood count (CBC) — This test analyzes the body’s red blood cells, white bloods cells, and platelets.

  • Urinalysis — A urine sample can reveal kidney function, presence of infection, or signs of disease.

  • Pancreatic screening — Our cPL test checks pets for pancreatitis.

  • Feline leukemia screening Feline leukemia is highly contagious and attacks a cat’s immune system. As long as a cat is free from this disease, our doctors may recommend vaccination.

  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) screeningFIV also affects the immune system and is highly contagious. While there is no cure, medical support can extend a cat’s life and maintain a high level of comfort.

  • Blood smear — Blood smears help detect conditions, such as:

    • Signs of infection

    • Autoimmune diseases

    • Anemia

    • Platelet conditions

    • Toxic cells

    • Cancerous cells

    • Blood parasites

  • Fine needle aspiration cytology — Our doctors are well-versed in cytology. Tumors, lumps, and any abnormal area on the body can be sampled using a needle. The sample is then evaluated under a special microscope to look for signs of cancer, infection, bacteria, or other infectious agents.

  • Flea and tick disease screening — These common pests carry many different diseases that can be detected in our labs.

  • Intestinal parasite screening — Detecting and treating your pet for worms is a critical part of preventive veterinary care.

  • Heartworm testing — If left untreated, heartworm disease can be fatal to bath cats and dogs.