Pet healthcare shares some similarities with human healthcare, especially when it comes to diagnostics. Like us, dogs and cats tend to be healthier when they undergo routine exams and blood work. Without regular testing to see what’s really going on inside your pet, we won’t be able to understand their health fully or detect underlying problems, which could get worse without treatment. At Westmonte Animal Clinic, we offer a variety of laboratory tests and can also utilize digital radiology if a different perspective is needed to assess your pet’s condition.
Why Laboratory Tests are Important
Lab work is important because it can alert us to all kinds of health problems, including heartworm disease, intestinal worms, high or low blood sugar, abnormally high white blood cell counts (which can indicate an infection), and more. If we don’t utilize lab tests, then we can’t be sure if your pet is healthy or at risk for illness.
Here in our clinic, Dr. Matagrano and her team can perform various tests using our sophisticated laboratory equipment, including:
- Fecal exams
- Heartworm disease testing
- Tick-borne diseases testing
- Blood cell counts
- Skin cytology/skin scrapings
- …and more
We can also offer tests to evaluate organ function and screen for specific conditions. With certain tests, we will send samples out to Antech, a specialist lab that can provide comprehensive, detailed results.
Why Would My Pet Need an X-ray?
Some situations for which we might recommend X-rays include chronic coughing, difficulty breathing, limping, swelling of one of the limbs, or neck/back pain.
At Westmonte Animal Clinic, we use digital X-ray equipment to view the heart, lungs, bones, and joints. X-ray can help us diagnose conditions such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, bone fractures, abnormalities of the heart and lungs, some tumors, and even foreign bodies.
Unlike traditional film X-ray, digital X-ray is faster and generates higher-quality radiographs that can be saved and sent out to specialists if needed.