When your pet is not feeling well, there may be many different explanations. Further diagnostics enable your veterinarian to determine the nature and circumstances that may be causing your pets symptoms. Often, we have to perform further diagnostics in order to rule out or confirm potential diagnosis since your pet cannot always communicate how they are feeling. Contact us to schedule an appointment if you have any concerns and are considering further diagnostics.
It is highly recommended that at least once a year we perform a fecal flotation examination of your pet’s feces in order to make sure they are free from any intestinal parasites that may cause them harm and are also transmissible to humans, especially children. We ask that you bring a small piece of feces with you at your yearly check-ups. We are able to perform this test in-house for instant results.
Routine yearly blood screening is also recommended in order to make sure your pet is not showing any signs of disease, such as liver or kidney. If we are able to catch certain diseases in their early stages we can begin to take steps to either reverse or prevent them from progressing. We offer a full in-house blood chemistry and hematology service. Occasionally tests require sending to an outside laboratory for testing.
Certain symptoms may require obtaining a urine sample from your pet in order to rule out medical or behavioral problems. This simple test is completed in-house and can be done in about 10 minutes. A freshly collected sample is required for accurate results. If further information is required for a definite diagnosis, we may need to obtain a sterile sample to send to an outside laboratory.