Diagnostic FAQ’s

Diagnostic FAQ’s in Canton, GA

Diagnostic testing is a critical part of providing appropriate veterinary care for your pet. Your veterinarian may order a number of different kinds of tests to determine what’s going on inside your pet’s body. These tests provide vital information about how the animal’s organs are functioning.

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What Kinds of Tests Are Used To Diagnose Problems in Pets?

Your veterinarian has a range of testing options to provide information for diagnosing illnesses and injuries:

  • Urinalysis – detects white blood cells, proteins, sugar or blood that is being expelled from the body.
  • Complete blood count (CBC) – is used to measure the amount of red and white blood cells, and platelets in a sample to detect infections, anemia, and blood disorders.
  • Blood chemistry panel – measures chemical elements in the blood, such as enzymes, electrolytes, calcium and potassium levels. Changes in these numbers can indicate problems in the way organs are functioning.
  • X-ray, MRI, and ultrasound – these tests use specialized equipment to see hard and soft tissues inside the body to detect injuries and illnesses.

What Veterinary Problems Can Be Detected By Diagnostic Tests?

Diagnostic testing can detect a wide range of veterinary problems, such as urinary tract infections, internal parasites, heart disease, diabetes, liver dysfunction, kidney failure, tumors, finding foreign objects the animal has consumed, internal injuries and a variety of other issues.

Do Animals Have To Be Anesthetized for Diagnostic Tests?

Animals do not have to be anesthetized for blood, urine and fecal tests. For x-rays, MRIs some types of tissue retrieval for biopsy and other procedures, the animal may need to be sedated or put under anesthesia to ensure safety for the animal, as well as for veterinary personnel.

Do Dogs and Cats Get Different Types of Diagnostic Tests?

Most tests are the same, but dogs and cats may receive some different types of tests. For example, cats are often subject to developing more urinary problems than dogs do, so your vet may order more frequent urinary tests. Dogs can contract an internal parasite called heartworm, which cats rarely get. Cats may receive feline leukemia testing, which dogs do not get. Each type of animal may be subject to a certain disease that may require specific testing.

Contact Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic for Diagnostic Services for Your Pet

We offer a range of veterinary services and can also provide caring and sage boarding for your pet.

Call Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic today at (770) 479-1905 today to learn more about the diagnostic services that can help pets when they are sick or injured.


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