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FM 1960 Animal Hospital

Laboratory Services

Diagnostic testing can identify problems your pet may be experiencing so that proper treatment can begin before a condition worsens.


Unfortunately, pets can’t tell us where it hurts, and oftentimes, a healthy appearing animal may be masking symptoms of disease or illness. We recommend veterinary diagnostic testing to identify any problems and to begin treatment as early as possible. These tests are especially helpful when symptoms are unspecific or hard to define.

When would laboratory work be needed?

Most laboratory work is done through routine wellness exams as directed by our doctors. For emergencies or unscheduled visits, our diagnostic lab will run various tests to determine the best treatment for your pet.

We recommend regular tests to determine your pet’s health. If any concerns or conditions are found, we will help you decide on proper treatment. If your pet is showing irregular behavior, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors will determine which laboratory services are appropriate during your exam.

How do veterinarians use laboratory work?

To ensure a proper diagnosis, we first examine your pet by looking at their eyes, ears, and skin; then we check their cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will then perform blood and/or urine tests if necessary to check their kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic testing.

If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a medical assessment.

Laboratory Testing for Your Pet

At FM 1960 Animal Hospital, no physical examination of your pet is complete without comprehensive bloodwork. As an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited practice, we are fully equipped with a laboratory on the premises to test your pet’s samples and deliver results quickly and efficiently. Laboratory tests and bloodwork helps our veterinary team get a clearer picture of your pet’s overall health, seeing beyond a simple physical exam. We use their laboratory results to help us identify diseases, catch changes in your pet’s health, and ensure they are staying happy and healthy.

Book your next appointment with your Houston veterinarian at FM 1960 Animal Hospital! Call (281) 303-5132 or contact us online today.

Bloodwork Services

FM 1960 Animal Hospital offers the latest in-house diagnostic testing to our furry patients. This includes:

  • Hematology

  • Blood chemistry

  • Electrolyte testing

  • Heartworm testing

  • Feline Leukemia and FIV testing

  • Urinalysis

  • Eye pressure readings

  • Blood pressure

  • Cytology

The above list includes both standard blood tests as well as other laboratory tests we can conduct on samples we take from your pet. When you bring your pet in for their routine wellness exam, we’ll often order some of these tests as part of their standard checkup. These tests help us get a comprehensive look at your pet’s health inside and out so we can customize our treatment of your pet to meet their specific needs.

Each of these tests give us a wealth of information about your pet’s condition. We can conduct additional tests with the help of our outside laboratory partner. If we see indications that further testing is necessary, your Houston veterinarian will let you know before we order these outside tests.

Detecting Disease: Laboratory Testing & Your Pet

Regular laboratory testing with your pet’s routine wellness exams can help us identify early warning signs of disease before it devolves into a serious health condition. Our team can stay on top of your pet’s health when you bring them in to see us regularly.

Bloodwork can detect signs of diseases like:

  • Feline leukemia

  • Intestinal parasites

  • Diabetes

  • Urinary tract infections

  • Lyme disease

If you’re worried about your pet’s health, or if it’s been a long time since they last came to see us, bring them in to FM 1960 Animal Hospital to get your pet back on the track to good health.