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.
Parvovirus is a very serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect dogs. It attacks the intestines and causes severe vomiting, diarrhea and life-threatening dehydration. It also attacks white blood cells and heart muscles and those dogs that do survive could face a lifetime of cardiac problems.
Although there is a vaccination to protect pets from the condition, it is most often seen in dogs less than 6 months of age. Parvo testing is an antigen test that is performed on your pet’s feces which will detect the presence of the virus. Blood tests may also be requested to check white blood cell counts too.
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.