Diagnostic Testing for Pets
Identifying what is wrong with a pet can be extremely difficult. Animals have a natural tendency to try and mask any signs of illness so that they do not appear vulnerable, and often, by the time an owner realizes that there is something amiss with their pet, the condition that they are suffering from has had opportunity to progress. The best way for us to accurately discover what is causing your pet to be unwell is to undertake a series of assessments known as diagnostic testing. Prompt diagnostic testing can facilitate prompt treatment, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome for your pet.
Here are some of the most common diagnostic tests that we perform on pets that come into our offices because their owner is concerned about their health and wellbeing, and what you need to know about them.
Bile Acids Test
Bile acids are used to help your pet digest his food, and in particular, fats found within the foods that he consumes. The acids are made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder. If we suspect that your pet might have a problem with his liver, we might recommend bile acid testing which involves a blood test from which we can determine how effectively his liver is functioning. Your pet must be fasted and avoid treats and chew toys for a minimum of 12 hours before the blood can be taken for testing.