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Laboratory Testing

Diarrhea,  itching and hair loss. Sometimes proven home remedies or the emergency medication from the last vet visit help with these symptoms. But sometimes, especially in chronic conditions, nothing seems to help anymore. The laboratory diagnostic examination can shed light on this.

Blood Tests

Most pet owners are familiar with the large or small blood panel. These provide an overview of the current status. It is important to note that this is a snapshot and the results can change very quickly at any time. Furthermore, specific tests such as the ACTH levels in horses with Cushing's disease or certain hormones can be checked using a blood sample. Allergy tests are also possible.

Fecal Examinations

The  stool sample is an important tool in  the parasitological examination (worms, giardia). It is also necessary to monitor the intestinal flora. Are there enough "good" bacteria, or are there already too many "bad" ones?  The pH value, fungi, viruses and bacteria can also be detected. In horses, you can also check the sand content in the horse's intestines to prevent sand colic. In dogs, on the other hand, pancreatic elastase can be examined to determine pancreatic insufficiency.

Skin and Hair examinations

With the help of mucous membrane swabs, various bacteria and fungi as well as viruses can be detected.

Hair and skin scrapings and swabs help identify external bacterial, fungal or parasitic infestations. A coat mineral analysis shows whether there are deficiencies over a longer period of time or whether there has been a prolonged exposure to toxins.



The urine can also be tested for pH and bacteria. A urine sample can help diagnose diabetes or kidney or liver failure, but can also provide evidence of kidney tumors.

Here is the current price list from Vetscreen:

There is also a processing fee of 10-15€ and shipping costs.

If an appointment is only made to collect samples, there are additional costs for time and travel.

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