Many diseases can be tested for immediately using our in-house laboratory testing equipment. Results from more comprehensive blood, urine, and stool exams sent to our off-site laboratory are usually available the very next day to help identify your pet’s ailment so that the proper therapy can be provided quickly and effectively.
Initial and Annual Testing Recommendations:
Fecal / Stool examination
A stool examination for intestinal parasites and protozoan infections is recommended yearly for all dogs and cats (indoor or outdoor). Some parasites and protozoans do not respond to general or over-the-counter dewormers and often require specific prescription medications only if detected and identified through a fecal analysis. Although many parasites cause intestinal upset, many go undetected in normally produced stool only to become problems later should your pet become stressed or immune compromised. Some intestinal parasites or protozoans can infect and harm you or your children without causing any symptoms to your dog or cat.
A yearly heartworm test is recommended for all dogs for wellness screening and prior to starting a heartworm preventative product. Some heartworm preventative products can actually harm your pet if given while actively infected with heartworms, in some cases causing severe or life threatening reactions. Many heartworm preventative product manufacturers will provide reimbursement for the cost of therapy should your pet be actively infected while on their product but often only if a negative heartworm test was performed prior to the onset of preventative therapy.
Feline Leukemia (FelV) / Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Initial testing for all newly acquired or adopted cats and kittens is strongly recommended. Both viral infections can go undetected for several years before causing health problems while still being allowed to infect and spread to other cats and kittens. Kittens can also be infected in the womb prior to birth and carry the infection during growth and development only to become ill in the early years of life.
Many shelters and rescue groups do not routinely test for these viral infections prior to adoption. We can perform this simple blood test in our lab and have results in minutes.
Young Adult Wellness
Annual blood testing is not just for the elderly pet. Many dogs and cats benefit from the early detection of conditions before ever demonstrating the signs of illness. Creating an early database and monitoring trends yearly can save time and money later on when dietary modifications or preventative dietary supplements can prevent the need for more aggressive therapy and lifelong medications.
As dogs and cats continue to live longer healthier lives, blood testing for the elderly pet becomes even more important. These tests often measure the function of organs and systems more vulnerable to age such as thyroid, kidney, liver and blood sugar levels. Often dismissed as simple signs of aging, many conditions can be detected, controlled or even reversed well before it is too late or simply too expensive to remedy. Mild changes in weight, slight increases in water intake or appetite, occasional urinary accidents in the house, intermittent vomiting or diarrhea, or just a reduction in activity can be early indications of disease and can be detected.
Additional On-site Testing
Giardia Snap Test
Detects a protozoan parasite that can cause diarrhea.
Canine Pancreatic Lipase Test
Helps in diagnosing pancreatitis that can cause vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.