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Diagnostic Testing


Lexington Animal Clinic provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing for our furry friends. We have the capability to perform appropriate testing in-house or at a reference laboratory.  Common diagnostic test include a complete blood count (CBC), chemistry, urinalysis, fine needle aspirate, cytology, intestinal parasite screen, feline leukemia screening and heartworm testing.

What Is A CBC?

A complete blood count (CBC) is a measure of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Changes on the CBC can signify anemia, infection, inflammation, low platelet count or even cancer.

What Is A Chemistry?

A chemistry is more specific to each organ. Chemistries come in different sizes and are selected based on your pet’s age and medical concerns. A typical chemistry has the following:

• Protein Screening – Albumin, Total Protein, Globulins

• Liver Screening – Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Transaminase, Aspartate Transaminase

• Kidney Screening – Blood Urea Nitrogen, Creatinine

• Electrolytes – NA, CL, K

• Lipids- Triglycerides, Lipids

• Pancreatitis Screening – Pancreatitis Serum Lipase

What Is A Urinalysis?

A urinalysis screens for infections, abnormal cells, excessive protein loss and the ability to concentrate urine.


What is a Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA)? 

Lumps and bumps can be dangerous and should always be evaluated. By placing a small needle into the mass a sample can be extracted for microscopic review in hopes of determining if the mass is inflammatory, benign or malignant.

What Is Intestinal Parasite Screening?

Intestinal parasites screening is a very important part of your pet’s health. Zoonosis is the spread of disease from animals to people. Intestinal parasitism is an example of a zoonotic disease.  All pets should have their fecal matter screen on a routine basis to reduce the risk of zoonosis.

Screening Tests 

Screening tests are used to screen for diseases that are harmful for your pet or very contagious to others. Examples of screening test include heartworm, feline leukemia, parvovirus and others.