Features June 2018 Issue

Diagnostic Health Testing for Dogs

For an abdominal ultrasound, the dog is positioned on her back in a V-shaped cradle. Her owner (on the right in this photo) rubs her chest and reassures her, while a vet tech holds her back legs in a gentle restraint and the veterinarian (center) slides the ultrasound transducer (probe) across her abdomen, which has been shaved.

Diagnostic Health Testing for Dogs

When abnormalities are found with basic laboratory tests and exams, vets often recommend high-tech tools. Here’s what you need to know to decide if you want to proceed.

Basic screening tests, in combination with regular physical exams, are foundation components of a good health care program. In younger dogs, routine tests are done to establish normal baselines, exclude congenital problems, and/or ensure safety for anesthesia. In older pets, these tests often provide the first indication of possible health problems.

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