As a pet owner, there may be times when you can tell your pet isn’t feeling well but you can’t figure out the reason. Reading symptoms in animals can be difficult, and you may need professional help understanding your pet’s condition. Our vets at Shores Animal Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, are here to help you gain a clearer picture of your pet’s symptoms and overall health.
Lab tests can be an important tool for your veterinarian to reveal the presence of certain illnesses or diseases, while ruling others out. Lab results can also be useful before surgery in determining whether your pet is at risk for complications from anesthesia.
Why do we recommend preventative testing for all of our patients?
One in 10 dogs develop diabetes.
Overweight cats have a greater chance of developing diabetes.
Kidney disease occurs in 1 in every 10 dogs and 1 in every 3 cats.
The fifth leading cause of death in dogs is liver disease.
At Shores Animal Hospital, we can help you get a clear picture of your pet’s health. Our clinic is equipped with an in-house lab where we can perform important diagnostic and preventative tests and return results quickly.
Blood & Lab Tests for Pets
Some of the most common preventative and diagnostic lab tests are:
Complete Blood Count - Gives a count of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in your pet’s blood, allowing us to assess the vigor of your pet’s immune system. CBC tests look at your pet’s blood clotting ability, levels of hydration, immune system response, and any signs of anemia or infection.Your vet may request a CBC test for pets with symptoms of fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness or vomiting.
Blood Chemistries - This test evaluates organ function, electrolyte levels, and levels of hormones among others. Vets find these tests useful when evaluating the health of older pets or pets who take medications for chronic conditions. Pets showing signs of vomiting or diarrhea, or which have been exposed to toxic substances, will also require blood chemistry tests.
Heartworm Test - Our vets recommend Heartworm testing as part of your pet’s annual wellness exam. They should be tested even if they take a preventative Heartworm medication. If your veterinarian suspects your pet has heartworms, he or she may also request the test as confirmation. In either scenario, a blood sample will be required to determine results and necessary treatments.
Lab tests provide us with important information regarding:
By identifying these diseases and their symptoms early through lab testing, we can develop a treatment plan upfront, thereby increasing the chances of effective treatment and long-term health for your pet.
Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests for Healthy Pets
Even when your pet is completely healthy, your vet may recommend running tests to establish baseline health values.Typically, these values are established through a series of lab tests— a complete blood count, a urinalysis and blood chemistry panel.These tests may be recommended for pets of all ages, even when your pet is young and healthy. Establishment of baseline values allows your veterinarian to better diagnose changes and early development of disease as your pet ages. Early detection increases the effectiveness of the treatment plan implemented. Preventative and diagnostic testing is an important component in giving your pet a long and healthy life.
Call us today at Shores Animal Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, for preventative or diagnostic testing, and help your pet live a healthier, happier life.