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Laboratory Tests

Veterinary Care for Exotic Animals

Laboratory Tests

Bloodwork and urinalysis can give major insight into your pet’s overall general health. For some pets that are considered seniors (ie. over 7 to 9 years old) or that have a chronic illness, routine bloodwork and/or urinalysis may be recommended on a regular schedule. We also will routinely perform bloodwork on all patients that will be undergoing a general anesthetic for surgery or a dental procedure. Our in-house laboratory allows us to obtain a blood panel right away. We are also able to perform complete examinations of urine samples and fecal samples as required.

Routine Blood Panel

A routine blood panel includes a CBC (Complete Blood Count) and a Chemistry:

  • The CBC evaluated the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. This part of the bloodwork gives information on hydration status, anaemia, infection, the blood's clotting ability, and the ability of the immune system to respond. This test is essential for pets with fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, pale gums, or loss of appetite. If your pet needs surgery, a CBC can detect some bleeding disorders or other unseen abnormalities.
  • The Chemistry portion of the bloodwork gives us valuable information regarding the health status of the liver and kidneys, pancreas, the protein levels in the blood, and the electrolytes. These values are important in evaluating general health in normal and older pets, pets with vomiting, diarrhea or toxin exposure, pets with chronic diseases, pets receiving long-term medications, and health before anaesthesia.

Other In-House Blood Tests

  • Thyroid (Total T4) and Cholesterol Levels
  • CPLi – Pancreatic Snap Test
  • Parvo Snap Test
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus/Feline Leukemia Snap Test
  • Canine Progesterone Target Test – For detection of ovulation and timing of planned C-sections in dogs
Veterinary Lab Tests - Qualicum Beach, BC

There are hundreds of tests offered by professional off-site laboratories that we commonly use. Common send-out tests include (but are far too extensive to list completely):

  • Genetic Testing
  • Cytology and Histopathology of masses or tumors
  • Bacterial and Fungal Cultures and Sensitivities
  • Monitoring of Long-term Medication Levels - ex. phenobarbital and potassium bromide
  • Serum Allergy Testing
  • Progesterone Levels
  • ACTH Stimulation Tests
  • Bladder Stone Analysis
  • Tick Testing for Lyme Disease


At Qualicum Beach Animal Hospital, it is not uncommon for the veterinarian or technician to take a look at samples under the microscope to help diagnose an infection, or investigate a sample from a lump or bump.

Microscopy is now considered a gold standard in diagnosing ear infections and skin infections. It helps differentiate between ear mites, bacteria and yeast, or other bugs that may be causing an issue on your pet. We also use the microscope for every fecal exam and urinalysis – here we may find parasites like giardia or worm eggs, urinary crystals, or signs of a urinary tract infection.