Optimal wellness and preventative care includes a comprehensive evaluation comprised of examinations, vaccinations, heartworm and external parasite preventatives, lifestyle discussions, and laboratory testing. After performing a thorough examination, diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary. Laboratory tests help to examine systems that we cannot see with our eyes or feel with our hands.
Many medical conditions are not associated with clinical signs. Early identification of underlying disease, in apparently healthy animals, will allow for early intervention and will ultimately improve the quality and quantity of their life.
Laboratory testing can provide vital information about your pet’s health. At ZippiVet, our advanced in-house diagnostic lab allows us to perform complete blood counts, blood-chemistry panels, electrolytes and enzyme levels, urinalysis, fecal exams, heartworm and tick-borne disease testing, and more.
Many test results are available in 30 minutes or less, allowing us to act fast in response to any health concern. Additional specialized testing is submitted to a reference laboratory and can be utilized when needed.
Fecal Parasite Screenings
Texas is a hotspot for all types of parasites. Our weather provides the perfect breeding ground for a host of bugs and worms. In the Austin and surrounding communities there is a large pet and wildlife presence adding to the parasite burden. Our pets and local wildlife share parks and common areas for potty breaks making it easier to transmit and share illness.
Many puppies and kittens are born with roundworms, hookworms or both. These worms or intestinal parasites are passed from the mom to her babies either during pregnancy or while nursing. These tiny parasites can cause poor growth, diarrhea, vomiting or death in young pets.
Adult pets are not immune to these parasites. Pets who come into contact with other animals’ feces, eat grass, or drink from untreated water sources like creeks and lakes may end up with bloody, runny stool or vomiting caused by intestinal parasites.
Having your pet tested annually for intestinal parasites is important for wellness care. Since the eggs are microscopic, many times you won’t be able to see any evidence with the naked eye. Identification of any intestinal parasites before symptoms occur can prevent large vet bills in the future.
Mature Pets (older than 7 years)
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and ZippiVet recommend that mature pets over the age of 7 have annual blood work to identify potential health issues before they become a problem and intervention is possible.
Radiographs / X-rays
ZippiVet uses state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology to examine your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen and other areas. All x-rays performed at ZippiVet are reviewed by a board certified veterinary radiologist.
ZippiVet uses ultrasound equipment to assess the shape, size, composition and position of your pet’s internal organs without surgery or sedation. This form of imaging can provide more detail about your pet’s abdominal organs such as the liver, intestines, adrenal glands, pancreas, spleen and stomach, including blood flow to these organs which may not be visible on x-rays.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. This diagnostic tool is used for pets that may have heart murmurs or arrhythmias. In some cases, we will recommend referral to a board certified veterinary cardiologist based on your pet’s clinical signs and symptoms.