How Diagnostics Play a Role in Your Pet's Health
Quality preventive care depends on regular exams and diagnostics to give your pet the opportunity to live a longer life. At Center Hill Animal Clinic, Dr. Scotchie Davis and Dr. Tim Fleming advocate yearly checkups that include a physical exam and lab work to see how your pet is functioning on the inside. Many health issues are hard to detect in their early stages, but timely blood tests and X-rays can help us catch them sooner.
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Why Your Pet Should Have Annual Lab Work
Your pet’s environment can harbor a variety of bacteria and diseases that can affect both them and you. Furthermore, if your pet becomes infected, they may not show clinical signs right away. But if they do, it’s important that we look into their symptoms and make a diagnosis leads to effective treatment.
We offer in-house lab testing to screen for parasites and diseases and to assess organ function. We especially recommend:
- Heartworm testing
- Fecal testing to check for intestinal worms
- Feline leukemia testing
- Leptospirosis testing
- Blood chemistry and complete blood count (CBC)
Senior pets and/or pets with chronic conditions may need to be tested more frequently. This enables us to monitor their health and detect changes in their condition.
In addition to our on-site laboratory, we frequently use digital radiography to view the bones, teeth, and internal organs. With greater efficiency and less stress to your pet, our team can take quality X-ray images quickly and show them to you during your appointment so you can better understand your pet’s health.
We primarily use digital X-ray for diagnosing:
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Inflamed joints
- Tooth decay and dental disease
- Foreign bodies
- Kidney stones
- ...and more