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Sherwood Veterinary Clinic

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.


Our team is happy to include a group of practiced Registered Veterinary Technicians who work 7 days a week so that we are able to manually analyse fresh urine samples in clinic. Our technicians are trained to perform microscopic analysis and identify any particles that may indicate certain medical conditions that can be dangerous, painful, or even in some cases fatal to your pet

  • Crystals 

  • Diabetes

  • Kidney Failure

  • Urinary Tract Infections

Microscopic Examinations

Our technicians are able to perform microscopic analyses of many other types of samples as well, including

  • Ear Swabs

  • Fecal Samples

  • Fine Needle Aspirates

  • Impression Smears

  • Parasite Identification

  • Skin Scrapings

  • Tape Smears & More

Specialty Sample Testing

While we emphasize the testing we are able to provide in-house, there are cases where advanced and specialized testing is the most appropriate. for this reason, we have partnered with Idexx Reference Laboratories so that we may collect any additional samples in-house and send them off to the lab for further testing. Below are just a few examples of the more common tests we send out

  • Vaccines Titre Testing

  • Culture & Sensitivity

  • Allergy Testing

  • Complex Disease Processes Specific Testing

  • Lyme Disease Testing

  • Tumor Analysis & More