What Are Pet Diagnostic Tests And Why Are They Important?By Sam Weeks | April 30, 2021
Here at Vets on Call, we love maintaining your pet’s health and wellbeing so they can live their best life! Part of looking after your pets is performing routine diagnostic tests to ensure that everything is tip top. But what are these tests and what do they do? Read on to find out!
Not every available test is documented here but these are the common ones:
Heartworm testing in Dogs and Cats
Heartworm disease is serious, can be fatal and there isn’t any cure once contracted. It is spread by infected mosquitos and even cats that remain indoors can be affected. Heartworm can cause severe lung disease, heart failure, upper respiratory tract infections, difficulty breathing, and even death. We can 100% treat this with monthly preventative heartworm treatments and have them tested once per year. The once-a-year test is a blood test to ensure that they have not become heartworm positive if they are not having their preventative medication regularly or haven’t previously been treated.
Intestinal Parasite Exam and testing
This is a fecal test that is performed best case, twice a year to check for any signs of parasite disease. Outward symptoms of intestinal parasites are blood or mucus in the stool or abnormal colour or consistency. Under a microscope, certain worms can be detected such as roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. These are the most common pests found in your pets. However as previously mentioned it is best that your pet is on monthly heartworm, flea, and intestinal worm treatment to save your pet and yourself a lot of discomfort and heartache.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Serum Chemistry Panel
Despite the above-mentioned testing, some diseases don’t present symptoms that are easily observable to owners and vets. Also sometimes symptoms don’t manifest until the disease has become quite advanced. A way of preventing this from occurring is performing a CBC and a Serum Chemistry Panel. It is best to perform these pet diagnostic tests annually to get a good overall look into your pet’s health and check how all their internal organs are performing. Also, diseases such as diabetes can be detected early and we can devise a great treatment plan for your furry friend.
Tick-borne disease testing
Here at Vets on Call, we see a lot of issues stemming from tick bites. It’s an unfortunately common issue with pets. There are yearly vaccinations that can prevent this from becoming an issue however if your animal has not been vaccinated, that isn’t a problem we can treat your pet for any tick issues you may have. If we have reason to suspect a tick-borne disease a simple blood test can confirm whether or not your pet is suffering from a tick-related illness. We also want to make sure that your pet isn’t suffering from Lyme disease which can result in lameness and other issues for short periods if left untreated and undetected.
This is by no means a complete list of diagnostic tests that vets can perform to ensure your pet’s health but some of the common ones. Here at Vet’s on Call, we believe that a happy pet is a healthy pet! If you are looking for a vet in Richmond contact us to help your pet live its best life.