Lab & Diagnostics

Finding Pet Issues Early with Lab Work & Diagnostics

A sick pet tends to be hard to read for many people. So, like humans, lab work and diagnostics are often relied upon to see “inside” an animal versus just making a call based on the way the pet looks using basic observation. Animals come with a broad range of how they behave when they are not feeling well, even within the same breed. So, an eyeball observation alone frequently tends to provide poor results as a single, reliable barometer. If you live in Waco, Hewitt, Woodway, or the surrounding communities, bring your furry friend into Crossroads Animal Clinic for veterinary care.


What Types of Tests are Involved?

Actual lab tests and diagnostics often fall into the same type of tests applied to humans in their health checks and blood tests. These tests help veterinarians confirm educated guesses by standard metrics well-known in pet science circles as clear indicators of given problems or conditions. A common one, for example, that indicates an infection is a very high white blood cell count. Other lab tests on pets include checking the following:

  • Critical organ functions
  • Platelet counts
  • Red blood cell counts
  • Sugar levels within blood samples

Diagnosis and treatment can then be determined, along with prescribing related pharmaceutical medication for delivery on an out-patient basis. These steps are part of the lab-driven process for regular pet care and preventative care.

Preventative Care Saves a Lot, Including Pet Lives

Lab work and tests aren’t just used for figuring out the cause of existing issues. Veterinarians regularly use lab tests to confirm good health levels being present in pets, especially as animals grow older. It’s very common for pets to seem just fine for years and then suddenly grow seriously sick, yet the problem may have been present for years.

Some common preventative care tests include the following:

  • Various blood tests often measure critical organ health.
  • Blood counts which signal possible infections, hydration, and blood clotting ability.
  • Heartworm tests, a common parasite that can also pass to humans from pets.
  • Other parasitic presences that may appear in common tests.

Get Veterinary Help in Waco, Hewitt or Woodway TX

Crossroads Animal Clinic is available for all types of veterinary care and support, including preventative care, checkups, vaccine shots, unknown problem exams, and diagnoses. We know your pet means a lot to you and it is a part of your family, so we strive to be accurate, timely, and informative with every pet's care. Call us today at (254) 776-9393 to schedule an appointment.

Office Hours

Extended office hours are available Monday through Friday. Please call us at (254) 776-9393 for availability.

Woodway Office


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm






across from the Hewitt HEB in the same shopping center as Wells Fargo Bank