Lessons from the Lab
Our full in-house lab has the capability to run a variety of tests on your pet’s blood, stool, urine, and skin cells. The convenience of an in-house lab means we can run tests and have answers back in minutes. This allows us to diagnose and start treatment all in one visit.
Many of the tests we run include:
- Complete blood counts (CBCs)
- Blood chemistry panels (on certain components such as proteins, glucose, or electrolyte levels)
- Urinalysis (to assess kidney and bladder health)
- Fecal exams (for detecting intestinal parasites)
- Cytology (analysis of skin cells)
- Biopsies (examination of tissue for cancer cells)
What People are Saying
Our first experience with Dr Draper was almost 13 years ago when we took my first pet in for a check up. We have been loyal and happy customers ever since! We have seen many of the vets in both Decatur & Buckhead over the years and have always been pleased with our experience and Mellow’s care.
In addition to our lab, we also use digital X-rays and ultrasound to diagnose internal problems. These technologies allow us to get a better picture of your pet’s skeletal structure, organs, abdomen, and more.
Digital X-rays are a step above their film predecessor. They use less radiation, produce faster images, and create easy-to-share digital files we can send to you or a specialist for a second opinion. We use X-rays primarily to assess potential broken bones, locate foreign objects, monitor musculoskeletal conditions such as hip dysplasia, and much more.
Ultrasound uses ultrasonic sound waves to produce a live image of your pet’s abdominal cavity, organs, joints, and more. With Doppler radar we can also measure your pet’s blood flow direction and velocity, which is particularly important for diagnosing heart problems or blockages in the blood vessels. Ultrasound is also very useful for detecting and monitoring pregnancies, too.