services are a vital part of the diagnostic process when it comes to
veterinarian care. This is because in many cases it is not possible to
be able to give a firm diagnosis without undertaking additional tests to
confirm the root of the problem.
What types of tests might my pet need?
are a number of different types of testing that can be done on your pet
in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Some of them are invasive,
while others are non-invasive and just require a sample of a bodily
fluid from your pet.
Stool testing is a reliable method of
detecting a variety of problems, most notably parasite infestations such
as roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. A stool sample is usually
collected by the owner at or before the visit, and this is then passed
to the laboratory for analysis under the microscope.
testing is important for the detection of urinary tract diseases in
animals. Urine samples usually need to be tested as soon as possible
after collection and if this is not possible, the sample may be
refrigerated until it can be analyzed. Once at the laboratory, a urine
sample will typically be tested on color, chemistry and sediment. The
presence of diseases or infections within the urine may change its
clarity or color.
Other urine tests include a chemical analysis
which looks at the PH and density levels of the sample, plus taking
measurements of the amount of protein, glucose and fragmented blood
cells. Any of these can indicate potential problems.
with human illness, blood tests can be a vital tool in the diagnosis and
monitoring of infection and disease and they must only be carried out
by a qualified veterinarian or veterinary nurse.
out on red blood cells can give your veterinarian information about the
way your pet’s body is functioning and identify potential health
problems. Analysis on white blood cells can find immune system reactions
and disorders which could point to serious illnesses such as
infections, leukaemia and cancer. Platelet counts can also be analysed,
and a decreased number of platelets could point to bone marrow problems,
blood clotting disorders and some autoimmune diseases.
some laboratory testing may be able to be carried out on-site at your
clinic, some testing requires much more specialized equipment or
specific training. In these instances your pet’s samples may be sent to
an outside testing facility.
Examples of the types of services provided by these facilities include:
testing your veterinarian recommends will be valuable in diagnosing and
successfully treating your pet. However, if you have any questions or
concerns your vet will be happy to speak to you.