In addition to a regular physical examination, laboratory
testing can play an important role in assessing your pet’s
health and identifying problems not detectable on physical
exam. Regular testing also allows us to establish what is
“normal” for your pet so that future testing can
be compared to these values. Lab tests can detect early disease,
aid in diagnosis of sick pets, and help monitor a pet’s
progress during treatment. Blood work prior to surgery can
identify a pet’s anesthetic risk and help determine
the safest anesthesia.
is proud to be one of the few veterinary clinics in the Nashville
area to offer digital x-ray (radiographs). This new technology
allows us to do a tremendous job in producing quality x-rays
in a fraction of the time. This means that your pet is exposed
to less radiation (as well as our staff) and the results are
obtained faster. In addition we can show you the x- ray results
instantly on a computer monitor. Finally, if referral of your
pets x-rays to a veterinary radiologist is required, the results
can be quickly e-mailed, leading to a quicker diagnosis and
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
A CBC measures the number, type and health of the cells present
in the bloodstream including red blood cells (RBC) that carry
oxygen, white blood cells (WBC) that help fight infection
and platelets which are an important factor in blood clotting.
Some common problems diagnosed with a CBC are infection, anemia,
dehydration and some forms of cancer.
The chemistry panel is a series of tests that measures levels
in the fluid portion of blood. This important test helps determine
disease of the liver, pancreas, kidney, adrenal glands, immune
system, and gastrointestinal tract.
Thyroid Function Tests
This test evaluates the function of the thyroid gland. Low
thyroid function (Hypothyroidism) is common in dogs. High
thyroid function (Hyperthyroidism) is common in cats. These
tests are also used to monitor the response to treatment for
This test evaluates the health and function of the urinary
system and detects glucose, blood, bacteria, crystals and
protein in the urine. It is useful in diagnosing infection,
kidney disease, diabetes and dehydration.