High triglycerides and cholesterol can be a problem for pets as with humans. Elevated levels can predispose pets to diabetes, pancreatitis and neurologic disease. Lab work will reveal the course for proper care.
Mitral valve disease is the most common cause of a heart murmur in small and medium breed dogs. Chest x-rays can tell us if it is affecting heart function and pet owners can monitor breathing at home to help tailor treatment.
Early detection of disease is key. Once a problem is identified, appropriate recommendations can be made when treatment will make the most difference. Has your pet had his or her annual exam?
Signs of diabetes in pets include increased thirst, increased urination, increased weight gain OR sudden weight loss, weakness or fatigue. Diabetes is usually diagnosed through blood and urine testing.
Cats or dogs with early kidney disease typically show no outward signs, although a simple blood and urine test will reveal the truth. Changing to a veterinary therapeutic diet can make a big difference in your pet’s health, quality of life and lifespan.
Hyperthyroidism is common in older cats and is diagnosed with a blood test. The most common sign is weight loss due to an increased rate of metabolism despite an increased appetite.
There’s no accurate blood/skin test that can diagnose whether a pet has a food allergy. The best way to diagnose is to put a dog or cat on an appropriate elimination food-trial diet. One of our veterinarians can discuss this with you.
Diagnosing diseases early is important throughout a pet’s life. It becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters its senior years. Some pets may not show any outward signs until a disease is quite advanced.
Several types of potential problems can be identified with laboratory screening: diabetes, liver and kidney disease, thyroid disorders and UTIs. The earlier they are found, the better we can manage the disease.