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Westhills Veterinary Clinic

Laboratory Services

Laboratory services can identify problems your pet may be experiencing so that proper treatment can begin before a condition worsens.


Unfortunately, pets can’t tell us when and where it hurts. Oftentimes, a healthy-appearing animal may be masking symptoms of disease or illness. We recommend veterinary diagnostic testing to identify various problems. Once these problems have been identified we can develop a treatment plan targeted specifically for your pet's condition. These tests are especially helpful when symptoms are nonspecific or hard to define.

When would laboratory work be needed?

Most laboratory work is done through routine wellness exams as directed by our doctors. For emergencies or unscheduled visits, our diagnostic lab will run various tests to determine the best treatment for your pet. We recommend regular tests to determine your pet’s health. If any concerns or conditions are found, we will help you decide on proper treatment. If your pet is showing irregular behaviour, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors will determine which laboratory services are appropriate during your exam.

How do veterinarians use laboratory work?

To ensure a proper diagnosis, we first examine your pet by looking at their eyes, ears, and skin; then we check their cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will then perform blood and/or urine tests if necessary to check their kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic testing. If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please contact us to schedule a medical assessment.