Imagine being able to see what is going on inside your pet. It would be pretty amazing to see how all those internal organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are working. Unfortunately, there is little that we can tell from looking at the outside of a pet that reflects what is actually going on inside. We must rely on diagnostic testing to tell us the true story.
One of the most powerful diagnostic tools that we have is bloodwork. The blood panels that we run allow us to assess how well your pet's internal organs are functioning. They also allow us to assess red and white blood cells along with platelets. We can accumulate information about the thyroid, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, liver, spleen and other systems- it varies with the type of blood panel being run. Recommended tests will depend on your pet's age, current health status, and what medications your pet is on.
Another valuable tool we have is the urinalysis. We run chemistry tests and examine the urine under a microscope to assess bladder and kidney health. It may also give us information about the liver and other internal organs like the adrenal glands.
Radiographs (X-rays) that are taken using our digital x-ray machine, detect a variety of problems including fractures, cancer, kidney and bladder stones, and heart disease.
Fecal analysis for intestinal parasites is one of the pillars of our annual/biannual exams. We use this test to help assess intestinal and overall heath. You simply need to submit a less than 24 hours old sample about the size of a walnut.
We may test eye pressure (Tonometry) to look for diseases such as glaucoma, which is very painful and often results in blindness. If caught early enough, glaucoma and other conditions can be held at bay preventing serious problems that may otherwise result in blindness.
In many of our patients we want to assess blood pressure. Diseases like hypertension (high blood pressure) can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and even death. It's a simple and painless test that saves lives.