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.
Pets can suffer from thyroid disease just like humans. The most common dysfunction of the thyroid gland in pets is hypothyroidism, which is where there is a decreased production of thyroid hormones. However, felines are more likely to experience too much activity in their thyroid gland, known as hyperthyroidism. Thyroid disorders are particularly prevalent in middle-aged and older pets. Thyroid testing requires a blood sample which will be checked for quantities of thyroid-stimulating hormones.