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When your pet is unwell, diagnostic tests help us to know what is causing the illness. Sick cats and dogs may exhibit signs that are not specific to a particular disease, making it hard to pinpoint the problem’s real cause. For instance, your dog vomits for a few days. It could be due to consuming poisoned food, a hormonal problem, infected livers or kidneys, or a parasitic attack.
Diagnostic testing is the only way to determine the real cause of the condition and recommend the best treatment option at the time. This enables your cat or dog to heal faster and be happy once again. Even after the pet has fully recovered, diagnostic tests are still necessary because they help to keep them healthy in the future.
Common Diagnostic Tests for Pets
There are various diagnostic tests for both cats and dogs. The one your pet needs depends on their current condition, medical history, age, breed, and results from a recently-done physical exam.
When performing a urine analysis, we can collect your pet’s urine in a variety of ways. One of them is cystocentesis, where we collect the urine directly from the pet’s bladder. Our veterinarians could also use catheterization that involves passing a narrow sterile catheter up the urethra into the cat or dog’s bladder to get a urine sample.
- Your pet’s blood sugar
- Heartworm infections
- Blood disorders
- Cortisol and thyroid levels
- Electrolyte levels
- Cholesterol levels
- Illnesses such as feline leukemia virus and Lyme disease
Blood Pressure Test
Our veterinarians will always try to give you the results of your pet’s diagnostic tests during your visit. This, however, is influenced by the type of test we are doing. For instance, it will take us a few days to access the results of a test like a bacterial culture because we have to send the samples to another laboratory for further testing.
Ear and Skin Tests
X-rays / Ultrasound / CT SCAN
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