Blood Tests

What are blood tests? These are tests that require a blood sample to be taken. The blood is then analyzed, usually, today, by some laboratory analyzer machine which is designed for a specific test or test profile. Examples of these blood tests include a complete blood count or a serum chemistry profile that evaluates organ function (liver, kidney, pancreas, etc.). To learn more read here...

Urine Tests

Urine test are performed on a collected urine sample. These tests can be very important in diagnosing certain diseases. Diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) is a good example. When glucose (suger) levels are present in the urine, this could indicate possible diabetes mellitus. There should be no glocose in a pet's urine. An infection in the urinary tract can also be diagnosed and a bacterial culture can be taken. Want to know more? Click here...

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Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic imaging is a way of looking into the body via technology, such as x-rays. The x-rays pass thru the body and unto a special plate where the x-rays produce an image on the plate. Other imaging modalities are ultrasound, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT scans (Computed Tomography). MRI and CT Scans are done at a specialty practice. More about diagnostic imaging here...

Tests for Parasites

There are many types of parasites that can affect pet. Without testing most of these parasites would go on detected. On occasion, one may see roundworms or tapeworms passed from a dog or cat. However, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, heartworms, mange mites and other parasites can not be seen with the naked eyes. Therefore, testing is the only way of diagnosing parasitic diseases on a live animal. Get more information...

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DNA Testing

The latest diagnostic tests are coming from our knowledge of DNA. We can now determine the breed make up of dogs, cats, birds and horses. However, there are also DNA tests now developed for some specific pet diseases, of which many are genetically passed on to the offspring. Over the next few year, we should see significant growth in the development of DNA testing. Read more about DNA testing...

Other Tests

There are many other tests that have been developed to aid in the diagnosis of diseases or conditions in our pets. Some of the more common tests used on a daily basis by veterinarians are electrocardiogram, bacterial cultures, ringworm culture, cytology examination and fine needle aspirate. These tests can provide a specific diagnosis that let the veterinarian treat the patient properly. Read here for more discussion...

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