Much has been said about a recent false positive test for COVID-19 in Australia. What is missing from the conversation is how normal this can be. It’s an everyday problem for all health professionals.
If you understand why that is you’ll be much better equipped to talk to your vet about any tests on your pet. Continue reading “When Blood & Virus Tests Aren’t Accurate”
Has your vet asked you to collect a urine sample from your pet? Don’t despair! I’ve been guiding people through it for 25 years and no-one has failed yet.
Before we start, it might help to know why a pee sample can be important. Continue reading “How To Get Urine From Dogs & Cats”
Do you have a dog that has a thyroid problem? Or have you started to suspect a low thyroid level could be making your dog sick? Then there’s something you need to know: hypothyroidism is the most poorly diagnosed hormonal disease of dogs. Continue reading “Hypothyroidism In Dogs: The Diagnosis Problem”
Vomiting can be a symptom of a wide variety of illnesses in cats, many of which are featured in this article. Vomiting can also be normal, so let’s start by deciding when to go to the vet. Continue reading “Help! My Cat Is Vomiting”
Blood testing in dogs and cats isn’t simply a case of ‘more is better’. It can be lifesaving but it can also occasionally bring harm. The decision to do it is by no means as black and white as it seems.
I’m going to use the evidence and my experience to help you decide if blood tests are a good idea for your pet. I’ll start by answering the question: when are blood tests useful? Then I’ll discuss the downsides. Continue reading “Should My Pet Have Blood Work?”
You’ve probably noticed how much we like blood tests. Every year when your dog or cat has their annual checkup or when your pet needs an anaesthetic we ask you if you want blood testing.
Is this just over-servicing or are there good reasons to check? Continue reading “What Are Pet Blood Tests For?”