Why are diagnostics important?
To keep your pet in the best health we sometimes need to know more than what we can see. If your pet is sick and we don’t know what’s wrong, diagnostics can help the veterinarian to get a complete picture of what is going on inside your pet so they can more quickly determine what treatment to recommend.
Why does my pet need a blood test?
During your pet’s routine annual physical exam bloodwork may be recommended to establish a baseline of what is normal for your pet. Also at times it might not be clear that your pet is sick and bloodwork will help to uncover diseases sooner when treatment will be more effective.
When your pet is obviously sick and the veterinarian cannot determine what is wrong by what they can see from the outside, bloodwork will tell them what is going on inside so your pet can get the right treatment as quickly as possible.
Pre-anesthetic blood tests help the veterinarian to get a complete picture of your pet’s health so that if any abnormalities are noted, adjustments can be made to ensure a safe recovery from anesthesia.
Blood tests are also used to monitor medication levels and any side effects from medications your pet may be taking.
Our clinic offers many diagnostic tests in-house with results available within a short period of time, usually just minutes. Some of the most common diagnostic blood tests we routinely run in our clinic are tests for Heartworm, several tick borne diseases including Lyme disease, various organ panels, Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
If more extensive tests are needed that we do not offer in the clinic, we are able to collect samples and send them to a number of outside state of the art veterinary diagnostic labs. In most cases results are available the next day.
What other types of diagnostic tests are available?
Sometimes finding out what is going on inside your pet requires the use of other forms of diagnostics. Here are some of the most common:
- Digital X-ray can provide a wealth of valuable information from a physical look at the inside.
- A Fecal Parasite Exam, looked at under the microscope, checks for worm eggs, which can be transferred to humans. Young children are especially at risk.
- Urinalysis can tell us many things about your pet’s health and is often done in conjunction with bloodwork.