In-Clinic Diagnostics

In-Clinic Diagnostics

The in-clinic diagnostic capability at Best Friends Animal Clinic provides pet owners in the surrounding areas of Grass Valley, CA, with on-site routine testing to determine your pet’s overall health. Our pets cannot communicate when something is wrong, in fact, they instinctively hide any abnormalities. Diagnostic tests are a key component to pet health care because they can indicate a condition that may not be seen from the outside.

Our in-clinic diagnostic capabilities enable us to conduct chemistry panels, complete blood counts (CBCs), geriatric screenings, pre-anesthesia blood work, fecal analysis and urinalysis as well as testing for heartworms, feline leukemia, feline AIDS, canine parvovirus, pancreatitis, and more.

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are two of the major causes of illness and death in domestic cats. Best Friends Animal Clinic has in-hospital testing for these viruses. Whenever you bring a new cat into the home, FeLV/FIV testing should always be done. Outdoor cats that become ill should also be retested even if they are vaccinated. Vaccination for FeLV with the Merial PureVax should be performed on all outdoor cats. This non-adjuvanted vaccine is injected into the cats skin with a needle-less air pressure system (VetJet) that does not create the type of inflammation that is known to cause the vaccine related fibrosarcoma cancer. Vaccination for FIV is not recommended by Best Friends Animal Clinic and is not performed here.

The quick turnaround time of our in-house lab means that our knowledgeable veterinarian can give you his diagnosis and start treatment in the same day. That’s all the better for getting your pet back to normal as quickly as possible.

If you feel that something is not right with your pet, don’t hesitate to call at (530) 272-2817 and make an appointment today.