Diagnostics – A Proactive Approach To Your Pet’s Care

By Joe Musielak, DVM

When your pet is injured or ill, one of the most important things you can do to assist us in helping your pet is to understand the importance of letting your veterinarian perform diagnostics. Diagnostics are any series of tests that help us to determine that the various organ systems and structures of your pets are functioning normally or abnormally. Diagnostics range from monitoring the patient’s weight, temperature, pulse and respirations, to blood work and taking x-rays. In some cases, it is necessary to perform an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or other more advanced tests.  Occasionally, we may need to refer you to a specialist in the appropriate and necessary area of medicine for your pet. We work very closely with Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Kirkland, Wash.  www.svsvet.com
If your pet is ill or suffers an injury, every test that we do helps us to better determine what is wrong with your pet. For your pet’s sake, we hope that the tests come back normal.  However, not performing a given specific test can lead to a sense of false security and can result in inappropriate treatment or treatments that may not harm your pet but also are not effective. 
Here at Pilchuck we have the ability to perform:

  • Digital Radiographs (X-rays)
  • Complete Blood Counts
  • Routine Chemistry Analysis
  • Urinalysis
  • EKG
  • Ultrasound
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Blood Typing

We also have in-house tests for some of the more common diseases encountered in the small animal and large animal practices. For the tests we are not able to perform in-house, we have relationships with many specialty laboratories in the area and across the nation.
Remember, if we have the ability to perform a test and you as a pet owner choose not to have the test done, there is a chance that important information about your pet’s condition will remain undiagnosed and go untreated.