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.
Pancreatic specific lipase test
A pancreatic specific lipase test is used to determine a diagnosis of pancreatitis – a disease caused by inflammation of the pancreas. This small but important organ is responsible for a number of functions relating to both digestion and the regulation of blood sugar levels. A small sample of your pet’s blood will be used to check for the value of pancreatic lipases, which are enzymes specifically found in the pancreas.
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.