Here is a list of our frequently asked questions.
Q1: What are lab tests?
Laboratory tests are medical procedures that involve testing and diagnostic samples of blood, urine, component of blood or other tissues or substances in the body to access the functioning of body parts.
Q2: Why does your veterinarian use lab tests?
Your veterinarian uses laboratory tests to: identify changes in health condition of your pet/animal before any symptoms occur to diagnose a disease or condition before you have symptoms, plan the treatment of your pet/animal for a disease or condition, evaluate response to a treatment, or monitor the course of a disease over time.
Q3: How are lab tests analyzed?
After a sample is collected, it is analyzed in a laboratory. Laboratories perform tests on the sample to see if it reacts to different substances. Depending on the test, a reaction may mean your pet/animal do have a particular condition or it may mean that your pet/animal do not have the particular condition. Sometimes laboratories compare results to results obtained from previous tests, to see if there has been a change in condition.
Q4. What do lab tests show?
Lab tests show whether or not results fall within normal ranges. Normal test values are usually given as a range, rather than as a specific number, because normal values vary from animal to animal or species to species. What is normal for one species not be normal for another species. Some laboratory tests are precise, reliable indicators of specific health problems, while others provide more general information that gives veterinarians clues to your pet/animal possible health problems. Information obtained from laboratory tests may help veterinarians decide whether other tests or procedures are needed to make a diagnosis or to develop or revise a previous treatment plan. All laboratory test results must be interpreted within the context of your pet/animal overall health and should be used along with other exams or tests.
Q5: What factors affect your pet/animal lab test results?
Many factors can affect test results, including:
5. General health
6. Specific foods
7. Medicines your pet/animal taking
8. Variations in laboratory
9. Variation from one laboratory to another techniques
Q6. Why blood test is essential for your pet?or Why regular blood testing require for healthy pet?
Blood testing can frequently detect illness in your pet before we can see any out ward signs of disease. Early detection means earlier prevention & treatment.
Q7. What type of Routine blood test performs by us?
The routine blood test includes count for blood cells and biochemical analysis of enzymes, hormones, minerals & electrolytes etc present in the blood.
Q8. What do we mean by Kidney function test (KFT)?
Kidneys are responsible for filtering metabolic waste products, excess sodium and water from the blood stream which is then transferred to the bladder for excretion. The Kidney function test includes analyzing enzymes, metabolites and electrolytes to access functioning of the kidneys. The parameters analyzed in KFT are Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine, serum proteins and electrolytes such as sodium, postassium, chloride, with minerals like calcium and phosphorus in plasma or serum.
Q9. What do we mean by Liver function test (LFT)?
The liver is a large organ with many different functions. It processes the blood by removing both bacteria and toxins as well as further breaking down many of the complex nutrients absorbed during the digestion of food into much smaller components for use by the rest of the body. In The parameters analyze in Liver function test (LFT) includes liver specific enzymes like ALT, AST, ALP, Serum Protein and Bile salts etc.
Q10. What is pancreases and how laboratory test help in measuring the functioning of pancrease?
The pancreas is a small organ located near the small intestine and hormones and is responsible for producing several digestive enzymes and hormones that help regulate metabolism. The basic laboratory test for pancreas include estimation of pancrease specific enzymes such as Amylase and lipase.
Q11. What are red blood cells (RBC) and how they help to know about health of pet?
The red blood cells are the longest and numerous living cells of the blood. Red Blood cells are responsible for transportation of oxygen from lungs to body cells. The appear red because of presence of Hemoglobin. The test carry out on red blood cells include TEC, HB, PCV, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW.
Q12. What are white blood cells (WBC) and how they help to know about health of pet?
The white blood cells are responsible for immunity of the body or fighting with the infections. The various types of white blood cells include Neturophil, Lymphocyte, Monocyte, Basophil and eosinophil. The various in absolute no of WBCs and relative proportion of its subtypes further indentify various health conditions. The common tests conducted on WBCs include TLC and DLC.