There are so many illnesses that the dog may need to face during its lifetime. Some are bacterial in origin, some are viral, some are metabolic etc. Diagnosis for dog illness is the key in protecting the dog from the illness as some of the illness can result in death of the dog. There are so many ways of diagnosis of the dog illness. Here is little information about some of them.
Blood test is the primary diagnosis for dog illness. Common diagnostic tests that are conducted in order to find out the cause of the illness. Diseases such as infectious canine hepatitis, canine distemper, and canine herpes virus neonatal can be diagnosed in blood tests. Parasitic infestations like heartworm infestations can be detected by blood tests. In case of lyme disease, the disease can be diagnosed in the blood test not by looking for the organism present, but by looking for the antibodies for the same disease. Blood testing is important to prevent dog health problems from going bad to worse.
Analysis of sick dog urine is also essential for diagnosis for dog illness. Some other diseases can be detected by analyzing the urine sample collected from the affected dog. The urine analysis is conducted at all the pet clinics that have lab facility. Here the biochemical assay of the urine, presence of sugar in the urine, presence of protein in the urine, and even the concentration of the urine is tested. In some cases, by analyzing the sediments present in the urine sample kidney diseases, cancer and the type of infection can be diagnosed. At times the veterinarian may want the urine collected from the bladder directly, which is possible by using the urinary catheter.
Intestinal diseases and parasitic infestations can be diagnosed by fecal examination. In order to identify the presence of worms such as whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms etc floatation test is conducted. The fecal analysis can also bring out the facts regarding intestinal bleeding, disturbances in assimilation etc. The disease that affects the digestion like campylobacteriosis, salmonellas and corona virus can be detected in the feces analysis.
The above mentioned and discussed are the most common diagnostic tests that are conducted in order to diagnose the dog illness. Of course these tests cost you, but there is no other alternative to pin point the causes of the disease in order to bring about quick relief.
Otherwise the veterinarian will keep on giving the medicines based on the assumption, which needs to be right always. More so the dog will be under constant stress and the various medicines tried will certainly weaken the animal thus worsening the condition. Hence never hesitate to subject the dog for test in case there is a slight doubt about the diagnosis of dog illness.
Biochemical assay- analyzing the chemical property of urine, blood etc
Camphylobacteriosis - bacterial disease of dog