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In dogs, we recommend annual testing for blood parasites. The parasites include heartworms and ticks, with diseases such as Lyme disease. These tests make sure your pet is not suffering from a serious disease and makes sure your pet can continue to safely take his/her heartworm prevention medication.
We recommend annual examination of your pet’s feces under a microscope for clues about many different parasites. These parasites include, but are not limited to, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and giardia.
Blood chemistry panels help our veterinarian determine how your pet’s organs, such as kidneys, pancreas and liver, are currently functioning. These tests can also help your veterinarian accurately diagnose and treat illness, as well as monitor your pet’s response to treatment. We also utilize these tests to determine whether further testing is needed.
Laboratory testing of your pet’s urine will help our veterinarians detect the presence of specific substances that normally do not appear in urine, including protein, sugar, white blood cells or blood. Measuring the dilution or concentration of urine can also help your veterinarian diagnose illness. Urinalysis can be helpful in diagnosing urinary-tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems and other conditions (such as bladder stones).