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How Veterinarians and Veterinary Diagnostic Labs Work Together for Your Pet's Health

When it comes to ensuring the health and well-being of your beloved pet, a crucial partnership exists between veterinarians and veterinary diagnostic labs. Today, our Jackson vets will detail this partnership and discuss why diagnostic tests are so important for your pet.

How Vets Work With Diagnostic Labs

Veterinarians and veterinary diagnostic labs work together seamlessly to ensure your pet’s good health. While veterinarians are responsible for diagnosing and treating illnesses, veterinary diagnostic labs play a crucial role in providing accurate and timely test results. 

These labs specialize in analyzing samples such as blood, urine, or tissue to identify diseases, infections, or abnormalities that may not be immediately apparent during a physical examination. This collaboration allows veterinarians to make informed decisions regarding treatment plans and ensures that your pet receives the best possible care. 

Information You Can Share With Your Veterinarian

Before any lab test, there is information you can share about your pet's behavior. After all, nobody know your pet better than you. The more information you can provide, the better knowledge your veterinarian will have regarding which diagnostics to run.

Some of the information you provide can include, but is not limited to any changes in your pet's appetite, how much water they drink, how much energy they have, and their bathroom habits. Note any unusual behaviors or symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, or limping. Additionally, inform your veterinarian about any recent travel, exposure to other animals, or changes in environment that may be relevant to your pet's health.

The Most Common Diagnostic Test for Dogs and Cats

Some of the more common diagnostic tests for cats and dogs include:


Bloodwork for cats and dogs involves analyzing blood samples to assess overall health and detect any underlying medical conditions. It provides valuable information about organ function, red and white blood cell counts, and platelet levels, and can help identify infections, anemia, liver or kidney disease, and other potential health issues. 

This procedure is commonly performed during routine check-ups or when pets exhibit unusual symptoms to help veterinarians make accurate diagnoses and develop appropriate treatment plans. 


Urinalysis involves analyzing a urine sample. It helps veterinarians assess the overall health of the urinary system, detect any underlying medical conditions, and monitor the effectiveness of treatments. Additionally, urinalysis can provide valuable information about hydration levels, kidney function, and the presence of infections or abnormalities in the urinary tract. 

Fecal Exams

Fecal exams involve examining the feces for the presence of parasites, bacteria, or other abnormalities. These exams help veterinarians identify and treat any underlying gastrointestinal issues that may be affecting the health of pets. 

The Effectiveness of Diagnostic Tests

Lab tests on dogs and cats are highly sensitive and offer a significant amount of information for your veterinarian to accurately diagnose and develop a treatment plan. They play a crucial role in identifying diseases at an early stage, allowing for timely treatment before it becomes too advanced or untreatable. 

Lab tests, along with a thorough physical examination, offer a clear diagnosis to ensure your dog receives the proper treatment and can regain their well-being.

The Cost of Diagnostic Tests

The cost of diagnostic tests for dogs and cats can vary depending on several factors such as the type of test and the veterinary clinic or hospital performing the test. It is recommended to consult with a veterinarian to get an accurate estimate for the specific tests needed for your pet. 

However, be aware that having your pet tested now and finding an issue in the early stages will normally cost far less than having to treat an advanced disease caught very late.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Schedule an appointment with our Jackson veterinarians today to ensure the health and well-being of your beloved pet. Don't wait until it's too late, take proactive steps towards their care now. 

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