Providing On-Site Veterinary Diagnostic Tests

Veterinary Diagnostic and Internal Medicine

In addition to medical history and physical exams, diagnostic tests assist the veterinarian in caring for your pet’s health care needs. These tests can assure you of your pets overall health or detect possible problems early on in order to prevent serious illness. Similar to the need for annual vaccinations, annual screening for certain conditions is recommended. Prairie Ridge Veterinary Hospital’s in-house lab is able to provide quick turnaround times for many of the annual diagnostic tests recommended by our staff.

  • Heartworm Screening—The good news about heartworm disease is that it is preventable in both dogs and cats. There are treatments for heartworm disease in dogs; however, they are quite costly and complicated. Unfortunately, there are no treatment options currently available for cats that develop heartworm disease. The best option for pet owners is to take preventive measures to ensure their loved ones do not contract heartworm disease. Talk with Dr. Rod during your appointment about heartworm prevention options available.
  • Fecal Testing—Fecal testing is recommended for all dogs and any cats that go outdoors. This simple and painless test helps the veterinarian identify gastrointestinal parasites that may be lingering in your pet’s system. Left untreated, these can lead to more serious infections.
  • Feline Leukemia—Approximately 2–3% of cats in the United States are infected with the feline leukemia virus (FeLV), which adversely affects the health of these cats. It is the most common cause of cancer among cats and can lead to other blood disorders as well as reduce an infected cat’s state of immunity, limiting his or her ability to fight off other diseases. Bacteria and viruses that may not affect cats with a normal immune system can cause an infected cat to become seriously ill with a secondary infection. Talk with our staff today about how to protect your cat.

chemistry analyzer
Heska Element DC serum chemistry analyzer - for analyzing certain chemicals and enzymes in the blood
element analyzer
Heska Element HT5 blood analyzer - for doing automated complete blood counts
Incubator - for doing bacterial cultures and antibiotic sensitivity tests
Bausch and Lomb binocular oil immersion microscope

“Dr. Yetter’s professional & compassionate care enabled us to have Lady as a member of our family for over 17 years. Through his knowledge, extensive research, and willingness to reach out, he provided Lady with a long quality life in spite of numerous health issues. We are eternally grateful.”

— Diane & Terry Svob

“Dr. Yetter and the staff at Prairie Ridge have given excellent care to my family of pets for about 20 years. I always feel comfortable asking questions and knowing I will get complete, caring answers. Dr. Yetter researches to find the best treatment options. My cats and dog are family to me, and we trust Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic.”

—Janis Blout

“We are so grateful for the hard work and extra research Dr. Yetter did for our Tansy-cat to find out why she wasn’t eating. If there is a time when your most precious friend is ill and you need to trust someone to care for them, Dr. Yetter is definitely that person! He went above and beyond to do everything he could to save our beautiful Tansy.”

— Tom & Bev Berberett

“My pets have been patients of Dr. Yetter and his great staff for many years, and I have always been grateful for their efficiency and helpfulness. Having good care right here in Havana is a big plus!”

— Jan McFarlin

“I began to bring in my labs into PRVC when I started working there, and was happy to have such a caring and knowledgeable doctor to take care of two of my best friends. It always amazes me just how much care goes into each and every animal, let alone the perseverance of Dr. Yetter and staff (I should call them family) in working out how to treat each and every problem.”

— Chris Johnson