German Village Veterinary Hospital offers a wide range of diagnostic testing at our pet hospital in Columbus, Ohio that will help us determine treatment for your dog or cat. Routine testing will help us detect diseases and abnormalities early on, making treatment easier and less expensive. Some common diseases that vets test for are heartworm diseases, renal failure, diabetes, urinary tract infections, hypo/hyper thyroidism, infections, cancer, arthritis, and FIV/FeLV.
- Heartworm Test: We follow the American Heartworm Society’s recommendation and test dogs for heartworm disease annually, or any time there has been a lapse in heartworm prevention. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. We recommend heartworm prevention be given year round. We only test cats for heartworm disease if they are showing signs. Heartworm disease in cats is transmitted differently and is not treatable.
- Feline Leukemia/FIV test: Feline Leukemia is a disease that is transmitted when saliva or urine of an infected cat comes in contact with another cat. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is the feline version of HIV. It is typically spread when one cat bites another. Both of the diseases interfere with the immune system’s ability to ward off infections. We test all kittens and stray cats for these diseases.
- Blood work: Routine blood work is recommended for pets of all ages, but is especially important for pets ages 5 and older. Your pet’s blood test results can give us great insight to ensure vital organs are working properly and there are no abnormalities. It is also good to have a baseline in case your pet becomes sick. It also helps us monitor changes from year to year.
The blood work includes a complete blood count (CBC) to look for possible infections, anemia, bleeding disorders, and other potential dangers. A biochemistry profile checks liver and kidney values and vital electrolytes. Some panels will also include a thyroid level to look for an over or under-active thyroid.
- Urinalysis: Screening your pet’s urine can help us detect infections, look at kidney function, and detect other abnormalities.
- Digital Radiography: Radiographs help us get an internal look at bones and organs.