South Shore Equine Clinic & Diagnostic Center has a full in-house laboratory. These diagnostic capabilities allow us to provide the best care for our patients. By obtaining immediate results, we can make treatment decisions instead of waiting 2-3 days for an outside lab.

Some of the tests we perform include:

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

  • White blood cells (infection)
  • Red blood cells (anemia)
  • Platelets (clotting)

Blood Chemistries

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Muscle Enzymes

Thyroid testing (T4)

ACTH & Insulin

Hormone analysis

Bile Acids: Assess liver function

Vitamin E Level


  • Sodium (Na)
  • Potassium (K)
  • Chloride (Cl)
  • Calcium(Ca)

Blood gases: pCo2 and pO2 (used to assess metabolic state of the patient)

Cultures & Sensitivity: Used to determine type of infection and proper antibiotic to use to kill the organism. Growth within 24-48 hours (up to one week at outside lab)

Urinalysis: Assesses kidney function and urinary tract disease.

SNAP Foal IgG Test: Assesses transfer of mother’s protective antibodies. Test is completed within minutes.

SNAP Lyme Test: Correlates with Lyme Western Blot test. Test is completed within minutes.

Cytology: Microscopic analysis of aspirated/ biopsied fluid or tissue samples. Used to diagnose inflammatory, infectious, allergic disease, or cancer.

Fecal Egg Count: Analysis for Intestinal Parasites Be sure your de-worming program is adequate.