Why Does My Pet Need These Tests?!
Does My Pet Really Need All Those Tests?
Every pet is unique, and tests may be recommended for any number of reasons. Sometimes it is a matter of law that dictates the standard of care. Some tests are used to diagnose a condition, while others are used to rule them out. My personal creed with regards to diagnostics is that I never run a test unless I think it might change my treatment plan. I will not run a test out of mere curiosity unless Iâ€™m willing to pay for it myself. Occasionally, I will do just that and chalk it up to continuing education. But itâ€™s MY continuing education, and clients should not have to fund that. If you are not convinced a test is needed, ask your vet to explain how said test might change the treatment plan. It is a perfectly fair and reasonable question, and will likely open the lines for more effective communication.
Whenever I meet a new client who expresses disappointment with their previous veterinarian, I try to take a few minutes to find out what caused them to seek care elsewhere. Perhaps the most common source of frustration is the clientâ€™s perception of â€œtoo many testsâ€. A blood test for this, a blood test for that, multiple x-rays, ultrasounds - and those are just the tools of the general practitioner. Board certified specialists routinely order MRIâ€™s and CT scans. A client can spend thousands of dollars before diagnosis and treatment is even discussed.
Leah prepares for her CT scan