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.
Again unsurprisingly, fecal testing involves checking a sample of another type of waste product from your pet – this time his feces. Fecal testing is a routine requirement in parasite prevention as it is one of the easiest ways to determine if a pet has intestinal worms. Fecal testing can also tell your vet numerous other important things about your pet’s health and wellbeing such as how good his diet is and whether he has any digestive or bowel disorders.