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Too often, signs of disease in our pets aren't apparent to us until it's too late.


Fortunately, lab tests offer a comprehensive, low-cost and minimally invasive way to help you and your vet ensure that your dog or cat has the best chance at a long and healthy life.


Using the same high quality testing methods used for our human patient population, IML offers a series of tests desgined to help you and your vet assess your pet's wellness.


The IML Veterinary Wellness Panel includes 18 blood chemistry tests that evaluate the function of the kidney, liver and pancreas, as well as a Complete Blood Count that can diagnose anemia, infection and other specific diseases. It is available through IML for only $25.00.  Click here for a more detailed explanation of the tests included in the Wellness Panel.  For a Wellness Panel Test Request Form, click here.  


For additional veterinary tests available through IML, contact us at (800) 288-1IML.

Veterinary Wellness Panel Test Information


The following tests are performed as part of the Veterinary Wellness Panel:

Complete Blood Count

Results of the Complete Blood Count can help indicate anemia, nutritional status, inflammation, stress, immunity issues, other specific diesease and clotting defects.  The test includes White Blood Cell (WBC) count, Red Blood Cell (RBC) count, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Platelet Count and Differentiation of White Blood Cells.


Produced in the liver, reduced levels of this protein can indicate chronic liver or kidney disease or parasitic infections such as hookworms.

Alkaline Phosphatase

Reduced levels of this liver enzyme  can indicate chronic liver or kidney disease, or parasitic infections like hookworms. 


Diseases of the liver can elevate Aspartate Amino Transferase (AST) or Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), which is caused by injured and leaking liver cells (hepatocytes).  All infectious, toxic, metabolic and cancerous diseases that can affect your dog or cat’s liver can cause your pet's AST blood levels to rise.


Bilirubin, Total

A component of bile, bilirubin is secreted by the liver into the intestinal tract. Blood bilirubin levels are useful in diagnosing problems originating in the bile ducts. 



The Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) test measures the amount of nitrogen in your blood that comes from the waste product urea, produced by the liver and excreted by the kidney.  Results can help detect liver and kidney abnormalities. 



Increased levels of this mineral can be an indicator of certain types of tumors, parathyroid or kidney disease




Elevated levels of cholesterol are seen in a variety of disorders including hypothyroidism and diseases of the liver and kidney. 


Elevated levels of cholesterol are seen in a variety of disorders including hypothyroidism and diseases of the liver and kidney. 

Electrolytes:  Sodium, Potassium, Chloride

The balance of these chemicals is vital to your pet’s health.  Abnormal levels can be life threatening. Electrolytes are important in evaluating vomiting, diarrhea and cardiac symptoms.


Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) is found in the cells that make up your pet’s liver (hepatocytes).  Various types of liver damage can raise GGT levels in your pet’s blood.  Particularly sensitive for detecting issues in cats, high GGT levels can be caused by bile duct obstructions, gall stones, duct inflammation, liver tumors or pancreatic inflammation.


Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) resides in your pets muscle, heart, red blood cells, liver and kidneys.  Levels can rise in your pet following strenuous exercise, in the presence of some malignant tumors, heart disease, red blood cell destruction (intravascular hemolysis, hemolytic anemias) and acute pancreatitis.


Testing your pet's blood sugar can help diagnose diabetes and other disorders.  While high levels can indicate diabetes or stress, low levels can point to liver disease.

Protein, Total

Abnormalities in the level of Total Protein can suggest a variety of conditions including dehydration and diseases of the liver, kidney, or gastrointestinal tract. 


But before you worry...

The specific implications of your pet's results should be evaluated by your Veterinarian.  It is important that you discuss these results, along with any other health issues or symptoms you pet may be having, with your vet, for a complete picture of your pets health.

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