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.
Blood clotting test
A blood clotting test, sometimes known as a coagulation test, is performed to determine your pet’s body’s natural ability to stop bleeding. Bleeding can happen for lots of reasons from a sharp force trauma to blunt trauma to internal organs. These types of injury cause damage to blood vessels which can trigger severe bleeding. Platelets are a variety of cell found within the blood that is responsible for forming a plug in the region of the damaged blood vessel, stopping your pet from bleeding excessively.