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When your furry family member is sick, they can’t verbalize how they are feeling. Sometimes it’s important to run tests in the clinic, to identify the problem as quickly as possible. Digital xrays, blood work, urinalysis, viral tests, endocrine panels and parasite exams are just a few of the diagnostics we offer. Results are usually available in less than 24 hours.The sooner we identify the problem, the sooner we can start treatment and help them feel better.

Diagnostics

Some of the tests we offer:

  • Blood work
  • Urinalysis and urine cultures
  • Digital x-rays
  • Digital dental x-rays
  • Viral testing
  • Endocrine panels
  • Parasite testing
  • Ear swabs and cultures
  • Cytology and histopathology 

Understanding blood tests

A blood test is a very important diagnostic tool that provides a “window” into your pet’s health. 

This usually includes a CBC (complete blood count) and blood chemistries that analyze chemical components in the blood.

A CBC identifies and quantifies white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets and gives information about your pet’s immune system (white blood cells) and oxygen carrying capacity (red blood cell count).

A chemistry screen measures glucose, proteins, electrolytes, liver and kidney enzymes, and digestive enzymes. Other measurements are often included, like thyroid levels , cardiac enzymes and pancreas enzymes. 

When are blood tests recommended?

We may advise blood tests in the following situations:

  • Young dogs and cats:  before spaying or neutering, and in some cases, for viral testing (cats only).
  • During annual exams: occasionally as part of a thorough physical exam for baseline values, or if we have concerns about your pet’s health
  • If your pet is sick: since our pets can’t talk, blood and urine tests are often the most useful tool in identifying why they are unwell, especially if his/her physical exam did not identify the problem 
  • Pre-surgical or pre-dental tests: blood tests are used to determine liver, kidney and heart health. This helps us customize anesthetic plans, and determines the surgical risk level for your pet, especially if elderly or sick 
  • Prior to starting a new medication: particularly for new medications which may be metabolized by the liver or kidney
  • Monitoring for patients on long term medications: to check how your pet is responding to medications, especially if they are on them long term 
  • During senior wellness exams: blood and urine tests are very important at helping identify common senior health issues
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My family has been fortunate enough to be long time clients of Dr Buxton, entrusting the care of all our four legged family members to her since we moved from Australia to Canada in 2002. Carolyn is a very skilled, experienced, caring and compassionate veterinarian, a consummate professional, and shows a true passion for what she does. She stays current with veterinary practice advancements, and is thorough, kind, and understanding – always taking the time to inform, and lay out all the diagnostic and treatment options available to our four legged family members when they are clearly not feeling well. She follows up on their treatment, making certain that her patients are responding as expected. She responds to any concerns, and ensures that our pets get the best care available. Her dedication to animal care is also displayed through her long term involvement with the Mexi-Can Vet Project – volunteering both her time and her skills to perform sterilization surgeries, and treat many other seriously ill patients during the 4 day-long free spay and neuter clinics in poor communities in the Jaltemaba Bay area on the west coast of Mexico – a charitable pet-related endeavour. Along with her participation in these free clinics, Carolyn regularly brings some of her Mexi-Can patients back with her to rehome these dogs in Canada. That, from my point of view, speaks volumes about Dr Buxton – her very clear love for what she does so well, and her obvious dedication to her clients and her profession.

- Diane H.

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