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Connecticut Vet Bloodwork & Testing

Companion Animal Medical Diagnostics

We have many in house diagnostic capabilities to diagnose and manage medical issues on site.

We offer in-house urinalysis using the Sedivue, a cutting edge urinalysis machine which looks at un-concentrated urine.  This allows us to run a urinalysis on a very small amount of urine (4-5 drops) in a short amount of time where traditional urinalysis would take at least 2ml of urine and much more time.  This machine uses facial recognition technology to take images of bacteria, blood cells and crystals. 

We have the ability to run multiple tests on our in-house laboratory equipment so that our doctors are able to diagnose and treat many conditions before the patient leaves our care.
Complete Blood Count (CBC): This screen can help detect disorders of the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. A CBC may detect early signs of anemia, inflammation, infection and certain types of neoplasia.
Chemistry Panel: The chemistry panel looks at various protein and enzyme levels as well as basic electrolytes in the blood. It is a broad panel that looks at several organ values including: kidney, liver and pancreas. Many disease processes can cause increases in one or more of these values early on.
Thyroid Level: This tests looks for thyroid hormone levels in the blood. Levels that are too high or too low can indicate disease and are common in cats and dogs.
4 DX Snap Test: This test measures antibody levels in the blood for Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia canis and Ehrlichia ewingii.
FeLv/FIV Snap Test: This test measures antibody levels in the blood for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
PT/PTT Test: This test looks at hemostasis (the ability of the blood to clot) by measuring the time it takes for blood to clot based on certain factors within the blood. It can be an important tool prior to surgery and during anticoagulant poisonings.
Cortisol Test: This test measures the level of cortisol in the blood and can be used to diagnose and adjust medications used to treat Cushing’s and Addison’s Disease in small animals.
cPLI (Canine Pancreas – Specific Lipase): This test measures for a specific enzyme that is only elevated during episodes of canine pancreatitis.
fPLI (Feline Pancreas – Specific Lipase): This test measures for a specific enzyme that is only elevated during episodes of feline pancreatitis.

Our in house digital x-ray system can take both large 10 x 14 films as well as the smaller 8 x 10 films. Digital radiographs allow our doctors to diagnose problems quickly- leading to faster, more effective treatment. Digital radiograph technology also allows our doctors to consult with specialists on certain cases and allows us to send copies of your animal's radiographs with you for your records.


Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image, based on how much the material being examined changes the sound as it passes through. Unlike radiology, which is great for looking at bones and air-filled structures, ultrasound is most useful in looking at soft tissue.  We routinely use our in-house ultrasound to look at the abdominal contents and the heart.   Ultrasound can also identify structures in the uterus before fetal skeletons can be seen on radiographs, and also carries less potential harm to the fetus, since no radiation is involved.  Ultrasound lets us measure the size of organs, evaluate their structure, and identify isolated or focal lesions that may occur with some infections or cancers. In addition, because ultrasound lets us examine organs in real time, it can be used to guide some types of tissue biopsy and fluid collection for laboratory evaluation.  In addition, we work with a board-certified radiologist who routinely performs cardiac and abdominal ultrasounds in our clinic.

We have both a rigid and flexible endoscope; these can be utilized for non-invasive removal of a foreign body or diagnosis of a nasal or esophageal issue.