Two of the most common laboratory tests that we do are urinalysis and fecal testing. Urinalysis is done for a number of different reasons. When a urinalysis is performed, the veterinarian is looking at a number of different elements to determine why your dog is having specific urinary problems. When results have come in, your veterinarian will go through them thoroughly with you and give your dog the appropriate medication for the problem.
Why are fecal examinations suggested yearly?
By routinely submitting a fecal sample for testing, we can ensure that your dog does not have intestinal parasites that could be contracted by yourself or your family members. Despite the fact that many dogs are on deworming through the summer months, there are a number of parasites that fall outside of our regular deworming programs (e.g. coccidia and giardia) that pose a zoonotic risk.