It can be hard to see your pet not being his normal playful and loving self. You want to fix it, but he can’t exactly tell you what’s wrong. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to. Our team at Clanton-Malphus-Hodges Veterinary Hospital & Pet Motel provides diagnostic testing and more to discover any illnesses or issues your pet might be facing.
What Is Diagnostic Testing?
When you go to see your doctor, they will ask you about your symptoms, which points them in a direction of diagnosis. In some cases, they can pinpoint what the issue is just from this talk. Other times, though, you might need to have tests done so that the doctor can get an accurate view of your illness. These tests are diagnostic tests that are similar to what a veterinarian would run on your pet. The most common forms of testing include but aren’t limited to:
- Blood work
- Fecal examinations, which help point out intestinal parasites
- Urine tests to check for diabetes, liver disease, and similar issues
- Ultrasounds to look at the heart, abdomen, and chest
- Blood pressure screenings
- Electrocardiograms or ECGs
- Glaucoma screenings
Through these and other diagnostic tests, your veterinarian can determine if there is an underlying issue that is impacting your pet’s health – including everything from pet allergies to issues with vital organs. From there, a proper treatment plan can be developed so that your pet can get back to health.
When Should I Take My Pet to a Veterinarian?
In many cases, it won’t take a special trip – you just need to keep all of your pet wellness appointments. Your vet will carry out regular diagnostic testing at each of these regular checkups. If we notice any signs of trouble during these checkups, additional diagnostics will be completed. It’s essential to keep track of anything you’ve noticed with your pet between visits, like pet allergies and changes in behavior. Your insight can help lead your vet in the right testing direction.
Sometimes, though, you might notice your pet isn’t acting normally. He might be lethargic, act like he does not want to play or cuddle, stops eating, or eats less. If you notice any differences in his behavior, a trip to the vet is in order. Remember that your pet can’t tell you what’s going on, so you have to watch for signs of trouble. A sick pet vet visit and a series of tests can help determine what’s going on before it gets worse.
Schedule a Visit with Our Veterinarians in Thomasville, GA
Our team at Clanton-Malphus-Hodges Veterinary Hospital & Pet Motel is as committed to your pet’s health as you are. Call us today at (229) 226-1914.