Inglewood Vet Clinic in Caledon offers a variety of diagnostic methods that will be chosen by the veterinarian depending on the nature of your pet’s ailment.
Urinalysis and fecal testing. We work with Idexx Laboratories to test all urine and fecal samples. Urinalyses and cultures can be used to detect urinary tract infections, crystals, pH levels, and other abnormalities in the urine, while fecal tests look for intestinal parasites such as hookworm, roundworm, Coccidia or Giardia. Fecal tests are especially recommended in young puppies and as part of the annual physical exam. Samples must be fresh (from the morning of when you bring them in). Results can take up to a few days to a week depending on the sample.
Bloodwork. We work with IDEXX Laboratories to run blood samples. Bloodwork is used to screen the internal organs of your pet for a variety of purposes, for example:
- Routine health screening. This is especially recommended annually for senior dogs (6 years or more).
- Before a surgery. This ensures your pet is a good candidate for going under general anesthesia. It is recommended in pets under 3 years old and required for pets over 3 years of age.
- Heartworm testing. The 4Dx test is an annual test required for canines receiving any form of heartworm prevention and screens for heartworm and three tickborne diseases (Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia).
- Diagnosing a sick pet. For example, if your pet has lost their appetite and is lethargic, we may do blood testing to look for an infection in the blood or abnormalities with their internal organs like liver or kidneys.
We only recommend bloodwork testing specific to your pet’s needs at the time of the appointment.
Radiographs. We have an on-site X-ray machine, and all our staff are trained to assist taking radiographs of your pet. Depending on your pet’s case, the veterinarian may interpret the radiographs by themselves or send them to a radiologist to get an expert/specialized opinion. Results typically come back within one or two business days, however in emergency cases we can request a STAT interpretation that takes about an hour or less to receive.
Ultrasound. We do not have an on-site ultrasound machine or technician. If your pet is in need of an ultrasound, we work with a mobile ultrasound company to organize a date and time when they send an ultrasound technician and equipment to our facility. They give us a two-hour window for when they will arrive, and your pet will need to be dropped off at least half an hour before that window.