Lab tests are an important part of the diagnostic process at AHN. They provide our doctors with a wealth of information that allows us to determine the overall health of your beloved pooch or kitty-cat. Even if your pet is young and healthy, performing these tests periodically helps establish “normal” values for your dog or cat. This information provides baseline measurements so that any changes in your pet’s health can be monitored and quickly treated, if necessary.
Our in-house laboratory gives us the capability to perform many types of tests including complete blood counts, blood chemistry and electrolyte analysis to aid in the diagnosis of kidney disease, liver disease, infection, anemia and other serious veterinary conditions.
We also require a pre-anesthetic blood panel on all patients who are 6 years or older prior to their scheduled veterinary surgery and certain other procedures. Although it is not required for patients under 6 years of age, it is always highly recommended, as this is the optimal way to approach sedation and anesthesia. This also ensures that their internal organs are functioning properly and that your pet is healthy enough to be anesthetized. Our in-house laboratory is able to quickly and accurately process these tests, which means you will not have to wait days for the results.
At the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna we have a fully stocked pharmacy with medications carefully selected by our doctors that are competitively priced and here for your convenience. A wide range of veterinary drugs and prescription foods are stocked to make sure that you have the right pet medications to take home with you at your appointment.
Getting even the most agreeable animal to swallow a pill can sometimes be a challenge. For those times, we offer medicines in a variety of alternative delivery options such as flavored liquids and transdermal gels.
While we do our best to keep our pharmacy fully stocked, if we do not have what your pet needs we will be happy to order medications and prescription food for you. If you want to ensure that your pet’s medication or prescription food is ready when you need it, please reorder one week in advance, if possible.