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Hopmeadow Animal Hospital is equipped with top of the line in-practice blood analyzing equipment. We use our in-house blood diagnostics to take a "snap shot" of your pet's overall health. The analyzers are used in our daily wellness programs and for sick or critically ill patients. With this equipment we can quickly evaluate:
· Complete Blood Count (CBC). This test deals with the cell portion of the blood. It measures the number and healthiness of the blood cells. Examples: Red Blood Cells that carry oxygen, White Blood Cells that help fight infection, anemia can be detected, dehydration, infection, and inflammation are also evaluated.
· Blood Chemistry Panel deals with the fluid (plasma) portion of the blood. Various compounds and chemicals in the blood are measured. The results evaluate the kidneys, liver, pancreas, adrenal glands, digestive system, immune system, muscle, and bone. The results of these tests help us to formulate an accurate diagnosis, prescribe proper therapy, and monitor the response to treatment.
· Electrolyte status that tests chloride, potassium, and sodium. These tests help the doctors evaluate hydration especially with vomiting and diarrhea. Kidney diseases, urinary obstruction, and Addison's disease are other cases where electrolyte information is critical.
For a wide range of more comprehensive bloodwork and other diagnostics, Hopmeadow also utilizes an external laboratory, providing results in 1-5 days depending on the tests requested.