Richmond Heights In-House Lab Has Benefits
At The Richman Animal Clinic, we understand how important your pet’s health is to you. Whether you’re visiting for a puppy/kitten care or regular or senior pet visit, you want to know that your pet is receiving the best possible diagnosis and treatment. That’s why our veterinarian uses an in-house lab as part of our pet care services. The in-house lab allows for quick diagnosis and provides the information necessary for evaluation and a treatment plan for the services needed to keep your pet healthy.
When you bring your pet(s) in to our animal clinic in Richmond Heights for a routine visit or an urgent care visit, we may use lab work to assess the level of your pet’s health or to assist in a diagnosis. Just as with humans, much of this can be accomplished through the use of blood tests. We draw the necessary amount of blood during the appointment and then analyze it right here in our clinic. Dr. Richman may request a complete blood count, or CBC, which provides information on a variety of factors regarding your pet’s blood cells. The doctor may also use blood chemistries which test organ function, hormone levels and electrolyte status to help in controlling long-term medications, assist in diagnosis or assess your pet’s health before surgery. These chemistries may help point out liver, kidney, pancreas or bone disorders and may indicate when certain chemical levels are out of balance. We may also ask you to bring in a stool sample to check for parasites, blood or hair as well as a urine sample to check for infection and kidney disease.
Our veterinarian recommends a regular schedule of wellness care for all pets. This begins with puppy and kitten care when you bring in your pet for his/her first pet vaccination. As your pet ages, we recommend routine health screening profiles to look for any early signs of disease. This includes hematology tests to analyze your pet’s blood and blood chemistry tests to look for signs of damage in your pet’s organs.
For dogs, we recommend adult canine health screens for those between the ages of two and seven. A senior canine health screen is recommended once your dog turns seven years old. For cats, the adult feline health screen is completed between the ages of four and ten, and the feline senior health screen is recommended for cats ten years of age and older. All screens should also include a heartworm test. If the results should indicate any type of health issue, Dr. Richman will discuss this with you, and provide advice and information on various forms of treatment. Of course, if you should ever notice any unusual behavior or symptoms, we urge you to contact our office immediately so we can quickly determine the exact cause of your pet’s discomfort. At the Richman Animal Clinic, we do everything we can to keep your pet(s) healthy! Call us at 440-585-3600 today.