Just like physicians for humans, a veterinarian has a host of tools available to help keep your furry pals healthy when you bring them in for treatment. Besides taking vital signs and conducting a physical exam, we will often order blood work. No one likes to think about getting stuck with a needle, but checking your pet’s blood is an important tool to help us get to the root of your pal’s injuries or illness.
With our in-house lab testing at Normandale Vet Hospital, we can get results back in a matter of minutes when an emergency arises. We also use a reference lab when more thorough diagnostic testing is needed. In today’s post, we discuss some of the most common lab tests and how we use them to help your family pet.
1. Standard Blood Tests
Many of the standard tests you’d expect from a human visit to the doctor are just as helpful for looking at your pup’s or cat’s overall health. By looking at your pet’s CBC or complete blood count, we can get a picture of your pet’s blood cells.
We can also learn all about your pet’s kidney, pancreas, and liver function. We may also order special panels for mature pets or before your pet’s surgery.
2. Parasitic Testing
Parasites are a common problem infecting dogs and cats. Some of the most common parasites include hookworms, roundworms, and heartworms.
Another dangerous parasitic disease, known as leishmania, is transmitted by sand flies. We can test for all of these parasitic conditions and help prevent future infection.
3. Allergy Testing
Did you know your pet can get allergies? Just like their human family, your pet can experience respiratory allergies and contact allergies. If your pet has been licking her feet or chewing his skin, he or she may have some sensitivity from contact dermatitis or flea bites.
Your pet can also experience respiratory sensitivity from inhaling pollen, mold, or even dust. After we’ve determined your pet has allergies, immunotherapy can help offer relief.
4. Viral Testing
If your pet is showing signs of a possible infection or is believed to be at-risk, we can use a simple blood test to screen for common viruses. Two of the most common illnesses we can check for are Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Results take only about ten minutes, and both viruses can be checked with the same test.
Keep Your Pet in Good Health With our Edina Veterinary Hospital Team
Keeping your pet safe and healthy is about much more than just keeping them fed and giving them love. It also means staying on top of any health concerns you might have. Fortunately, at Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we offer a wide range of tests and treatments to keep your pets’ tails wagging.
To schedule general care for your dog or cat, connect with our veterinary experts to schedule your pet’s procedure by calling us at 952-831-8272 or visit us on our contact page.