Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory serving Ames and Gilbert, IA
Our diagnostic laboratory allows us to perform many types of testing that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. We recommend annual bloodwork to ensure your companion's organs are functioning properly. This allows us to be proactive in your pet's health care and ensure we are staying ahead of any disease process that may occur. With serious illnesses that need diagnostics, time is of the essence. Call us now for more information at (515) 233-6689.
Vet Lab Tests Performed serving Ames and Gilbert Include:
- Blood Tests
- Urine Tests
- Virus Tests
Why is a Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Important?
Laboratory testing is a valuable tool that is used in a wide variety of diagnostics in veterinary medicine. At Companion Animal Clinic, we continually strive to offer the highest quality medicine and services to our customers and their pets. This is why we are proud to offer our diagnostic laboratory services as an additional means of providing excellent and convenient care to our patients.
What Else Can We Test For?
At Companion Animal Clinic serving Ames and Gilbert, we are able to perform many tests as they are needed for your pet’s care, including:
- Blood Tests
- Urine Tests
- Skin Scrapes
- Test for Viruses (Parvovirus, Feline Leukemia Virus, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
- Heartworm Disease
- Fecal Examinations (Testing for the Presence of Hookworms, Whipworms, Tapeworms, and Roundworms)
- Ear Cytology
- Mass Cytology
- Skin Cytology
- Complete Blood Counts
- Blood Gases
- Pancreatitis Testing
- Bacterial Cultures
- Fungal Cultures
- Comprehensive Thyroid Panels
- Tick Panels
- Vaccine Titers
How Often Should a Patient be Treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once ever week or two as improvement is seen.
How Many Treatments Does it Take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How Long Before the Results are Felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening! Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be Used in Conjunction with Other Forms of Treatment?
Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Does it Hurt? What Does a Treatment Feel Like?
There is little to no sensation during treatment. Occasionally, the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are There Any Side Effects or Associated Risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How Long Does Each Treatment Take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.