Diagnosing Disease

  • 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.