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What Kind of Diagnostic Equipment Does a House Call Vet Carry?

By Sam Weeks | December 10, 2020

Vets rely on a range of tools and devices to diagnose animals of all shapes and sizes. Many people assume — incorrectly — that a house call vet does not come equipped with all the tools they need to make a diagnosis.

In fact, house call veterinarians carry with them everything they need to examine your pet in a highly efficient manner. This is important because not every condition can be easily diagnosed. Vets often rely on multiple tests to determine what is wrong with an animal and to arrive at an effective treatment plan.

At Vets on Call, our Melbourne vets are trained to carry out a wide variety of common tests in the comfort of your own home. The quality of pet care is certainly not sacrificed for the convenience of having a professional vet come to you.

Some of the tests that we most often perform include:

Schirmer tear test

A Schirmer tear test is conducted to determine if your pet is producing enough tears to keep their eyes healthy. Tears are important in animals (as in humans) to reduce irritation and keep the surface of an eye moist. 

A Schirmer tear test most commonly tests for a condition known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca or ‘dry eye’ which can cause bacterial infections, corneal ulceration and in the long-term, loss of vision.

Blood tests

Blood tests are used to diagnose a range of conditions. At Vets on Call, our veterinarians most often conduct blood tests as part of a general health checkup, to assess immune response to vaccination (vaccination titre testing) and to diagnose specific conditions.

All of our vets are trained to conduct blood tests inside your home and we aim to have the results to you within 24 hours.

Urine and faeces analysis

This type of testing provides valuable insight into an animal’s health. Urine collection — which can be performed by an owner or a vet — will indicate if there are issues regarding the levels of protein, glucose, white blood cells or ketones in your pet’s urine, all of which can be an indicator of serious disease.

Fluorescein stains

A fluorescein stain test — conducted on a cat or dog — can be used to detect if an injury has been sustained that has resulted in corneal trauma. Damage to the cornea is painful and often very hard to detect however the green-stained dye in the fluorescein stain quickly identifies any areas of concern.


Cytology can be used to diagnose small masses (tumours) as well as assess the build-up of abnormal body fluids. 

Our vets carry with them tools that allow samples to be viewed at 1000x magnification for efficient diagnosis. Samples can be swabbed or collected via fine needle aspiration.

At Vets on Call, our veterinarians rely on the described diagnostic tests to quickly determine why your pet is suffering and to implement a targeted treatment plan. They carry with them all the tools they require to examine your pet and aim to have results to you in a timely manner. Contact us to find out more or download our handy app to book vet appointment with one of our expert house call vets today.

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