How Zoonotic Diseases Harm Pets And People

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Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from animals to humans and from wildlife to domestic pets. After the coronavirus pandemic, more people are aware of how quickly these illnesses can spread through cities and towns, but they might not know how dangerous they can be for pets. 

The team at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital wants to help you understand how to protect your furry friends and entire family from these diseases.




Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital offers a full complement of in-house laboratory equipment, allowing us to perform a large number of diagnostic tests on-site to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. In addition, we maintain a relationship with a national diagnostic laboratory for the times when off-site diagnostics are needed.

Commonly performed in-house wellness tests include:

  • Fecal analysis
    • For the detection of intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms
    • For the detection of the Giardia and coccidia
  • Heartworm tests for dogs and cats
  • Tests for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Tests for common tick-borne illnesses in the dog
    • Lyme disease
    • Anaplasmosis
    • Ehrlichia

 Other in-house tests available for your pet:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • Provides red and white blood cell counts
    • Aids in the detection of anemias and infection
  • Chemistry profile
    • For the evaluation of kidney and liver values, blood glucose, protein levels and electrolytes
  • Tests for Canine Pancreatitis
  • Tests for Canine Parvovirus
  • Thyroid hormone assays
  • Canine Pregnancy Testing
  • Ear cytology
    • For the detection of microorganisms and parasites in cases of ear infections
  • Skin cytology
    • For the determination of types and numbers of microorganism such as bacteria and yeast in a number of skin conditions
  • Skin scraping
    • For the detection of microscopic parasites such as mites in a number of skin conditions
  • Mass cytology

 In the case that your pet needs a test not offered by our laboratory, we are able to obtain blood and/or tissue samples on-site to be sent out to a national laboratory. Results are often available within a few business days. These tests include:

  • Bile acids assay for liver function
  •  Tests for endocrine, or hormonal, disorders
    • ACTH stimulation testing
    • Low dose and High dose Dexamethasone Suppression Testing
    • Fructosamine evaluations
  • Vaccine titer evaluations
  • PCR testing for certain viral or bacterial infections
  • Urine and tissue cultures