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Laboratory Testing

A few of our routine laboratory services at Pinehurst Animal Hospital include:

Heartworm Testing -- Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs and cats.  We can screen your pet for this disease as well as discuss treatment options in the unfortunate case your pet is positive.

Fecal testing -- A fecal examination is the microscopic evaluation of feces. The test is indicated for pets with diarrhea, straining, lack of appetite or vomiting. Annual fecal examinations are recommended on all animals as part of a yearly health exam. Fecal examinations are also recommended on all puppies and kittens.  
Fecal examinations are primarily performed to detect microscopic gastrointestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, Giardia, coccidia and tapeworms. 

Feline Leukemia Virus/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus/Heartworm AntigenTesting (FELV/FIV/HW Combo test) -- These diseases are a major cause of illness and death. Both FeLV and FIV viruses are infectious by contact with other cats carrying these viruses. This makes testing so important especially when introducing a new cat to a household. Ask any member of our staff for more information about testing.

Microscope Evaluation/Cytology -- Cytology can be used to diagnose and treat various conditions including ear infections, skin infections, dermal and subcutaneous masses, as well as lymph node aspirations.

Blood Chemistries -- This in-house testing gives our doctors a quick look into the health of your pet. This tests reveals information about your pet’s liver, kidneys, proteins, sugars, and electrolytes along with red blood cell and white blood cell status.

Pinehurst Animal Hospital also has a veterinary reference lab (Antech Laboratories) for more advanced laboratory testing. Ask any of our doctors for more information.

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