WHY SHOULD YOUR CAT OR DOG GET LAB WORK DONE?
Our veterinarians and their teams use lab tests in many different situations, including to prevent, diagnose, and monitor various health problems and to provide preoperative checkups.
DIAGNOSIS AND FOLLOWUP
Lab work is also used to get to the root of the symptoms behind your pet’s ailment. Your vet can use the results to determine if your cat or dog has an infection or illness or whether their organs are working as they should. Tests are used to identify or rule out certain problems and provide a more accurate diagnosis.
Your vet may also do followup tests to monitor your pet’s condition. They can see if any health problems have changed, improved, or been resolved, and plan treatment accordingly.
Your vet may order lab tests to make sure your cat or dog is healthy enough to undergo surgery. With your pet’s blood work in hand, your vet can adjust anesthesia protocols based on your pet’s condition, making the process as safe as possible.
Your veterinarian may also have lab tests done as a preventive measure to identify health problems with no symptoms like:
Kidney failure, common in aging animals:
- Symptoms may not appear for many years after onset
- Early screening and early intervention can delay symptom onset and improve your companion’s quality of life
The use of certain medications:
- It’s best for your vet to make sure that certain organs, like the liver and kidneys, are working as they should
WHAT LAB TESTS CAN BE DONE?
Certain tests can be performed in our veterinary clinics or sent out to partner labs, including:
- Blood work
- Stool analysis
- Skin, urine, stool, and other cultures
- Cat and dog DNA tests