Vetwest clinical pathology for pets is a service that allows our experienced vets to diagnose and monitor health conditions in a non-invasive way.

Just like humans, pets can be hiding disease or health issues in places we can’t see. Our vet clinics are equipped to handle a range of in-house pet pathology services, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine analysis
  • Faecal tests
  • Biopsy examination
  • Blood cultures
  • Infectious disease testing

Vetwest clinics use only the latest laboratory equipment and safe treatment methods to ensure your furry friend is looked after with care.

On-site clinical pathology allows for rapid diagnosis of many common health issues, and some uncommon ones as well. Shorter wait times and faster diagnoses mean your pet receives the treatment they need when they need it.

Pathology services are available at all Vetwest locations around WA. Find your local Vetwest clinic to book veterinary pathology services.

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Why Would My Pet Need Clinical Pathology?

Veterinary pathology is used to diagnose disease and monitor health conditions, by analysing your pet’s bodily fluids in a laboratory setting.
Often the signs of disease are subtle. Using state of the art equipment to study your pet at the cellular level, Vetwest can identify and treat disease.

One of the most common clinical pathology tests for sick and older pets is a blood sample that offers insight into their inner workings. Plus, if your pet requires anaesthetic it is important that our clinical team assess liver and kidney function before they go under.

It’s all part of keeping your pet healthy and happy.

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Pre-Anaesthetic Testing

The liver and kidneys are responsible for processing anaesthetic drugs. Before ‘going under’ for an operation, we need to ensure these vital organs are in good working order. This requires a simple blood test on the morning of surgery.
Results come back in around an hour, with no need to wait on an outside laboratory to delay a potentially life-saving procedure.

This is something we always recommend at Vetwest, as part of our high standards of patient care.

Diagnosing disease

Even before pets become symptomatic, veterinary pathology is one of the most accurate detection tools for an array of health concerns including:

  • Heartworm disease in dogs
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease (mitral valve disease and cardiomyopathy)
  • FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver disease
  • Monitoring age-related health risks

Vetwest in-house pathology is equipped to diagnose almost all common diseases affecting cats and dogs. In some cases, your vet may recommend further testing by one of our advanced partner laboratories.

Preventative Health

Detecting disease early can save your pet’s life. Especially as pets age, they become more susceptible to internal health problems.
Annual vet check-ups are recommended as the minimum for young healthy pets. Your vet may recommend more frequent appointments, including regular clinical pathology, for older pets at risk of health issues.

The Vetwest Total Wellness Plan is one tool Perth pet owners choose to keep their pet healthy and happy. On top of all your worming, vaccination and flea treatments included for the year, the Total Wellness Plan offers unlimited consultations and advice from our highly trained veterinarians.

Give your best friend the ultimate pet care and save money year-round with the Total Wellness Plan from Vetwest.

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