We have the option of running diagnostic blood work in-house. This includes complete blood counts (manual and automated), serum chemistries, and electrolyte testing. Also available are chemical and microscopic examination of urine, many cytological examinations (like skin scrapings, intestinal parasite testing, fecal cytology, ear cytology, etc.) Antigen heartworm testing, feline leukemia and AIDS testing, and canine parvo testing are available.
Here are some of the common tests we offer. We do offer many others, however, these are our most common:
Wellness Bloodwork: We offer a discounted blood work profile through an outside laboratory (IDEXX). This profile includes a CBC, a 20 panel organ profile, and thyroid testing. It is recommended that we do this profile at least once a year, or every 6 months for pets who take daily medications. With this profile we are able to detect disease processes and an earlier stage, helping your pet to reach and maintain an optimum level of health.
Complete Blood Count (CBC): A CBC checks platelets, which will tell us if your pet’s blood can clot during/after surgery, checks for anemia-low number of blood cells, checks for your pets ability to fight infection, and checks the oxygen carrying capabilities of the cells.
General Health Profile:
Kidneys-BUN, CREAT, PHOS: BUN-Blood Urea Nitrogen is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. CREAT-Creatnine is a byproduct of muscle metabolism and is excreted by the kidneys. Elevated levels of these can indicate kidney disease, dehydration, and urinary obstruction. Low levels of BUN can also be indicative of liver disease. PHOS-Phosphorus, elevated levels may indicate kidney disease.
Liver-ALKP, ALT, ALB, TBIL: ALKP-Alkaline Phosphate in an enzyme found in the liver and bone. Elevated levels can indicate liver disease or Cushing’s disease. ALT-Alanine Aminotransferase-becomes elevated with liver cell injury. ALB-Albumin-reduced levels of this protein can point to chronic liver, kidney, and inflammatory or intestinal disease. TBIL-Total Bilirubin is a break down product of hemoglobin and a component of bile. Indicates liver disease and helps identify certain types of anemia.
Pancreas-AMYL: AMYL-Amylase is an enzyme produced by the pancreas that aids in digestion. Increased levels can indicate pancreatic disease.
Blood Glucose-GLU: High levels can indicate diabetes. Low levels can indicate liver disease, infection, or certain tumors.
Calcium-Ca: Increase levels can be seen with parathyroid gland and kidney disease, or as an indicator of certain tumors.
Cholesterol-CHOL: Elevated levels can be seen with hypothyroidism, liver disease, and kidney disease.
Total Protein-TP: This level can indicate many conditions, including dehydration, inflammation, and diseases of the liver, kidney or intestine.
Allergy Testing: Does your pet have a chronic problem such as itching, ear infections, vomiting, or diarrhea? All of these can be signs of an allergy problem. At Flushing Animal Hospital we have the option to do serum allergy testing through Spectrum Laboratories. We often test for indoor allergies, outdoor allergies, and food allergies for both canines and felines. These tests are available individually or all together for a total of 91 allergens we are testing for. With these tests we can help to eliminate the cause of the problem, or help to control it if it's something that cannot be eliminated. The cost of this procedure varies depending on what conditions your pet has. Please talk to a staff member for more information or to see an example of allergy test results.
Intestinal Parasite Fecal Examination: Did you know that all pets, even indoor pets, can be at risk of carrying intestinal parasites? With a fresh fecal sample, we can look under the microscope for worm and parasite eggs (most of the time worms are not visible in a fecal sample, so we look for eggs under the microscope). Did you know that parasites and worms are transmittable to you and your family? By having a fecal sample tested, you are protecting not only your pet, but your family as well. Intestinal Parasite Fecal Testing should be done on all pets every 6 months.
Canine Heartworm Test: In as little as 10 minutes, with a quick and painless blood test, we can determine if your dog contracted heartworm disease last season. Heartworm disease is an often fatal, easily preventable disease that is spread by mosquitoes. With a once monthly, affordable heartworm medication, prevention has never been easier. With the cost of treating heartworm disease ranging from $500 to $1000, why not spend pennies a day to check for it and prevent it from happening? This test is recommended for all dogs once a year.
Feline Leukemia & Aids Test: In as little as 10 minutes, with a quick and painless blood test, we can determine if your cat has Feline Leukemia or Feline AIDS. Feline Leukemia and feline AIDS can affect cats in similar ways and both can be deadly. Signs and symptoms can vary ranging from anemia, to cancer, to even death. They are both highly contagious and are spread from cat to cat contact. Leukemia and AIDS generally show no symptoms in the early years or months, making it easy to transmit to others. Early detection of these diseases will enable you to manage them, maintain the health of your cat, and help to prevent the spread of infection to other cats. This test is recommended for all cats that have never been tested, especially cats that have lived outdoors, been adopted, rescued, or have had contact with other cats that have.
Urinalysis: Within 20-30 minutes, we can test your pet's urine for things like bladder infections and urinary crystals. Urinalysis can also be helpful in diagnosing kidney disease and diabetes.
Thyroid Function Testing: Thyroid function testing tells us how much thyroid hormone the body is producing. The thyroid gland regulates the bodies metabolic rate. An overproduction or underproduction of this hormone can cause the bodies metabolic rate to either speed up or slow down. Most commonly, we see hyperthyroidism in cats and hypothyroidism in dogs.
For more information about our laboratory services, or if you would like any information about additional services not listed above, please feel free to call.
Flushing Animal Hospital & Pet Hotel
6302 W Pierson Rd
Flushing, MI 48433
Phone: (810) 659-1151
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Hours of Operation:
NEW HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Veterinary care by appointment.
**All walk-ins will be subject to a convenience fee of $30.
For after hours emergency care we recommend Great Lakes Pet Emergencies:
1221 Tittabawassee Rd Saginaw, MI 48604
Also available is Oakland Veterinary Referral Services:
1400 S Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI 48302
Michigan State University Emergency Services:
736 Wilson Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
We accept cash, check*, Visa**, MasterCard**, and Discover**.
*Will only take checks from regular clients, and must be from a local bank.