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.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone that regulates a wide range of processes throughout your pet’s body, including metabolism and immune response. It can also help to control levels of stress. Some animals develop a condition known as Addison’s disease during which their body cannot make enough cortisol. Others can suffer from Cushing’s disease, which occurs when there is too much cortisol in the body, and this can cause a lot of damage to your pet’s body. Cortisol testing checks these levels to ensure that they are appropriately balanced.
If you would like to know more about any of the diagnostic testing that we offer, or if you are concerned about the health of your pet and would like to make an appointment, please contact our offices.