One of the most important tools for our veterinarians at Walton Way Veterinary Clinic is blood work and diagnostic testing. Each day at our clinic, we see pets that are not their usual playful selves, and they are unable to express what pain or problems they may be experiencing.
Blood chemistries, complete blood counts (CBCs), electrolytes, thyroid testing, fecal analysis and urinalysis can often tell us if your furry family member may have an issue that cannot be seen from the outside.
Blood chemistries indicate how well your pet’s liver, kidney and pancreas function in your pet. Abnormalities may help us to determine if a pet has diseases such as diabetes, Cushing's disease, pancreatitis, or kidney disease. A CBC can indicate your pet’s overall health, as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are all measured. Abnormalities may indicate certain infections, cancer, as well as the blood’s ability to clot.
Electrolyte levels indicate whether an animal is dehydrated or have other underlying conditions such as Addison's disease. Finally, thyroid testing can indicate if your pet's thyroid is functioning properly. Fecal testing can reveal intestinal parasites that cannot be seen by a physical exam, and can often be spread to humans. Urinalysis can let our doctors know if your pet has certain infections, as well as diabetes.
At Walton Way Veterinary Clinic, we understand that you have a choice as to who provides healthcare to your pet. Our diagnostic capabilities, as well as experience and compassion, make our hospital an excellent choice for the life of your pet. Call one of our caring staff members at 706-733-2288 and schedule an appointment for your furry family member today!