Diagnostic Tests

Diagnostic tests are crucial to a diagnosis. This category has links to site that explain blood tests, urinalysis, EKG, x-rays, ultrasound, MRI, and more.

When Your Dog Must Have an Ultrasound star
An ultrasound is a painless diagnostic procedure, and, unlike x-rays, no radiation is involved. A Veterinarian can visualize the inside a dog´s heart and other internal organs for an accurate diagnosis. Here´s what to expect if your dog must have an ultrasound.

CT, MRI and Radiation Therapy star[offsite link]
If your veterinarian recommends a CT scan, an MRI or radiation therapy for your pet, you may have some questions. This site provides answers to some commonly asked questions.

Diagnostic Tests Save Pet Lives star[offsite link]
Introduction Lerarn about these diagnostic tests... Complete blood count, Blood chemistry, Disease organisms, Urinalysis, and Feces exams.

Electrocardiogram in Dogs star[offsite link]
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a diagnostic test that records the electrical activity of the heart. The electrocardiogram is a noninvasive test. The heart´s electrical activity is recorded by attaching small contact electrodes to the limbs and chest wall. The EKG exam is noninvasive and is not painful. Some animals resent the clips or bands used to connect the EKG machine to the skin, but most do not seem to mind them. Neither sedation nor anesthesia is needed in most patients.

How to Read Laboratory Tests star[offsite link]
A Complete Blood Count(CBC) indicates the number and type of cells in the dog´s blood. This standard test can identify anemia and leukemia, as well as the presence of many infections. CBC and Urinalysis values are explained.

What Do Those Lab Tests Mean? star[offsite link]
Blood and urine tests are performed to get an overview of the health, and sometimes the function, of body organs. Some blood tests are very specific for a single organs and other tests are affected by several organs. This explains some of the most common lab tests.

X-Rays and Your Pet star[offsite link]
X-rays are very low risk for your pet, but when positioning a pet for an X-ray, the animal must usually be sedated to get it to lay still. X-rays can visualize broken bones, cancer masses, heart problems, and much more.

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