Internal systems, ingested foreign objects, and intestinal parasites, among others, are left unseen during a physical exam. Bloodwork, lab tests, and advanced imaging takes wellness care to another level and give us greater insight into what you pet needs to improve or maintain his or her overall health.
We've invested in an on-site diagnostic laboratory and advanced imaging technology to best serve our patients. This gives us the capability to efficiently and accurately provide on-demand bloodwork, lab tests, and imaging results. Most of the tests we recommend can conveniently be performed during your pet's routine physical exam.
Lab tests and bloodwork help us to keep healthy pets on the road to good health, and sheds light on the nature of sick pets' conditions.
We recommend bloodwork be performed annually for dogs and cats, especially pets older than seven years of age. These tests provide a normal baseline of health in your pet and help us to detect changes in organ function early on when concerns are most treatable by medication or adjustments to diet and lifestyle.
Pets naturally hide signs of disease and illness, which is why we test blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissues to identify any abnormalities in your pet. The results of these tests allow us to track health trends, establish a baseline of health, and prevent disease onset and progression.
Digital x-ray and ultrasound imaging technology give us an inside look at vital bodily systems.
Like humans, pets feel pain as a result of infections, illnesses, injuries, dental disease, arthritis, cancer, and bone disease. Pets also feel some levels of pain and discomfort after surgery.
The difference in pain management between pets and humans is that pets cannot let us know when and where they are hurting. Our medical team has years of experience recognizing even the subtlest signs of pain in our patients. This has helped us to maximize the comfort, wellbeing, and full recovery of countless patients.
Pain affects not only physical functioning, but can also have a negative impact on a pet's mental health and overall wellbeing. To treat the whole patient, pain management is a primary consideration for all pets being treated at Harbor Animal Hospital.
As your pet's caretaker, it's important to recognize signs of pain in your pet at home. If you notice any of the following signs in your pet, let us know right away:
Skin and coat condition is a good indicator of a pet's overall health status. Ideally, a pet will have a shiny and sleek coat, and healthy skin without the presence of parasites or lesions. If this is not the case for your pet, we can help! Harbor Animal Hospital offers dermatology and allergy consultations to help patients feel their best and look good, too.
Dermatological issues can appear for a variety of reasons, like:
The #1 source of skin irritation in pets is fleas, specifically flea saliva. Irritation can be relieved with flea treatment products, but it's important to come see us first and we will recommend the right product for your pet. Never use over-the-counter brands, as these products can cause greater irritation or even be toxic to some pets.
The most common sign of a skin issue is severe itching. This results in constant scratching, rubbing, chewing, or licking. Other common signs include scabby, red, or flaky skin, excessive shedding, hot spots, lumps or bumps, vomiting, and diarrhea. Schedule a consultation if you observe any of these signs in your pet. We're here to provide relief.
In some cases, a visual examination is enough to diagnose a pet. But, further testing is oftentimes needed to make an accurate diagnosis. This may include tests like blood samples, skin scrapings, biopsies, and cultures, which can be analyzed in our on-site laboratory for quick results and faster treatment.