Procedures & Therapies

Lab Reviews & Specialized Tests

Dr. Treadwell reviews all laboratory tests previously run on a patient. She may collect samples during the consult and or recommend special tests.

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Blastomyces organism from a skin mass on a dog.

Blastomyces organism from a skin mass on a dog.

histoplasma fungus found in abdominal fluid of a dog.

Histoplasma fungus found in abdominal fluid of a dog.

Laboratory Services

Tests Performed by Dr. Treadwell
  1. CBC with manual differential and morphology - review of previous samples and review of new slides in the primary care hospital.
  2. Slide Agglutination
  3. Review of all samples taken from lymph nodes, masses, and organs.
  4. Expedited digital pathology to provide cytology reports in hours not days.
  5. Cytologic evaluation of blood, aspirates, washes, spinal fluid, and biopsies. Dr. Treadwell screens every sample. This allows rapid diagnosis of many diseases the same day.
Potential Specialized Test Recommendations
  1. Genetic testing
  2. Genetic testing for Congenital Disease and Degenerative Myelopathy
  3. Testing for Myasthenia Gravis, infectious diseas including PCR
  4. Urine samples for Trasitional Cell Carcinoma
  5. Protein C
  6. C Reactive Protein
  7. Latic Acid
  8. Sex hormone Panels for Atypical Hyperadrenocorticism

Dr. Treadwell makes laboratory monitoring plans for the early detection and continued monitoring of disease.

Featured Laboratory Interpretation

Cats: How to incorporate the Idexx SDMA test into your patient monitoring.
Gabe on the tub
  • SDMA (Symmetric dimethylarginine): a protein metabolite affected by changes in GFR.
  • Elevated in serum before creatinine.
    • Creatinine increases when 75% of renal function is lost.
    • SDMA increases when 40% of renal function is lost.
  • In cats SDMA increases an average of 15 months before creatinine.
  • No false decrease with loss of muscle mass (like creatinine).
  • When SDMA is elevated and BUN, creatinine, blood pressure, and USG are normal and urine protein negative:
    • Early kidney disease is possible and recheck in 4-6 months.
  • If SDMA remains elevated or any of the above tests are abnormal, early kidney disease is likely. Workup for infectious disease and imaging are added to the above testing.
  • Use caution with NSAIDS, maintain blood pressure during anesthesia, consider omega 3 fatty acid supplementation, renal protective diets, increase water consumption and use IRIS Staging to make other health care decisions.
  • https://www.idex.com/small-animal-health/solutions/sdma-diagnose-kidney-disease.html
  • http://www.iris-kidney.com/
  • Contact for more information. Dr. Treadwell can help create a treatment and monitoring plan.
Dogs: How to incorporate the Idexx SDMA test into your patient monitoring.
Dalmatian dog
  • SDMA (Symmetric dimethylarginine): a protein metabolite with renal excretion affected by changes in GFR.
  • Elevated in serum before creatinine.
    • Creatinine increases when 75% of renal function is lost.
    • SDMA increases when 40% of renal function is lost.
  • In dogs SDMA increases an average of 9.5 months before creatinine.
  • No false decrease with loss of muscle mass (like creatinine).
  • When SDMA is elevated and BUN, creatinine, blood pressure, and USG are normal and urine protein negative:
    • Early kidney disease is possible and recheck in 4-6 months.
  • If SDMA remains elevated or any of the above tests are abnormal, early kidney disease is likely. Workup for infectious disease and imaging are added to the above testing.
  • Use caution with NSAIDS, maintain blood pressure during anesthesia, consider omega 3 fatty acid supplementation, renal protective diets, increase water consumption and use IRIS Staging to make other health care decisions.
  • https://www.idex.com/small-animal-health/solutions/sdma-diagnose-kidney-disease.html
  • http://www.iris-kidney.com/
  • Contact for more information. Dr. Treadwell can help create a treatment and monitoring plan.
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