Early Disease Detection & Diagnostics

In-Clinic Diagnostics

Pets can’t say how they’re feeling—it’s usually how they look or act that tells you something is wrong. You play a key role in helping your pet combat illness and stay as healthy as possible and Appalachian Animal Clinic is your partner in your pet's health.

Annual (and bi-annual as the pet ages) exams and blood tests are the best ways to ensure that your pet lives a long, healthy and happy life.

Diabetes, kidney, heart and liver disease may not show symptoms at onset. Identifying possible diseases and complications early allows us a better chance to develop a treatment plan for your pet.

Our preventative care blood test packages can provide information about your pet’s liver, kidneys and pancreas, blood sugar levels, white blood cell count, red blood cell count and platelet count and can identify infection, inflammation and anemia.

Why do we recommend annual preventative care blood tests on healthy pets?

  • Over 1 in 3 cats and 1 in 10 dogs will get kidney disease
  • Over 50% of cats over age 15 are afflicted with kidney disease
  • Liver disease is 5th leading cause of death in dogs
  • 1 in 200 dogs will get diabetes
  • Overweight cats have higher chance of developing diabetes

Every pet is unique - so annual testing allows us to determine what a normal baseline result is for your pet. Trending these results over time allows us to diagnose problems early as we can notice changes in your pet earlier. More advanced disease is associated with more complications and it can make treatment harder and more expensive.

Depending on your pet’s age, we offer different blood & lab test packages to allow us to best help you help your pet live a longer, healthier, happier life.

Call us at 479-4760 for your pet’s preventative care blood test appointment.

Blood work analyzers are one of the most important veterinary diagnostic tools, and Appalachian Animal Clinic is pleased to offer the most advanced units available in veterinary medicine. Depending on the need of the pet, diagnostic blood work includes a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry values including liver and kidney function, as well as electrolytes to monitor fluid levels.

A CBC determines the number of red and white blood cells the body is producing. Too few red cells can indicate anemia, while a large number of white cells may mean infections or certain cancers. Platelet counts are also measured to insure the pet has an adequate amount to clot in the event of bleeding.

Liver and kidney values are important for our doctors to know how well your pet’s internal organs are functioning. Liver values out of the normal range may mean a medication dosage may need adjusting. Renal or kidney function is also assessed by blood analysis and this is important to keep your pet’s organs from shutting down, therefore complicating any prognosis your pet may have.