Pet Cytology in Martin, TN

We use cytology at Veterinary Home Healthcare to better understand what may be troubling your pet. Cytology is a quick, non-invasive way of gathering information about medical issues they may have. This examination collects cells from the body and analyzes their size, color, shape, internal characteristics, and more. In addition, analyzing these cells can help diagnose various health conditions and diseases.

How is Veterinary Cytology Done?

A veterinarian may perform cytology in several different ways depending on the tissues that are involved. The most common technique is known as fine needle aspiration or FNA. It is done by inserting a needle into the tissue with an empty syringe, then extracting some of the cells.

Other techniques include scraping skin cells from a patch of skin or using a cotton-tipped swab. This swab then removes cells from the nose, ear, eye, or vagina. The method used depends on the tissues that are being analyzed.

The Purpose of Cytology

Cytology allows our veterinary team to determine if a physical issue is caused by neoplasia (the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of possibly cancerous tissues in the body) or inflammation.

If there is neoplasia, this examination can indicate if it is cancerous. Additionally, the look of the cells can also indicate how the tumor may behave. This information is vital to understanding what treatment is necessary. In some cases, we may perform further testing such as abdominal ultrasounds or chest X-rays.

Does Your Pet Need a Cytologic Evaluation?

Veterinary Home Health Care is a certified Fear Free practitioner. This means we prioritize your pet’s comfort and well-being during exams.

If you want to schedule a cytologic evaluation, fill out our easy online contact form, or reach out to us by phone or email.