Information for veterinarians
Our domestic pets may get sick just like humans, but as opposed to the latter they can’t explain what hurts and how bad the condition is. Till the very last moment they tend to be loyal and friendly to their owners, when out of a sudden their state of health worsens dramatically and it becomes much harder to make a proper diagnosis judging by the symptoms. The time is lost; owners start blaming themselves and only then apply for help to a professional veterinarian and do prescribed medical tests.
A veterinarian could be compared with the professional chess payer, who has to place the figures on the chess board in the right order to win the game. Our beloved pet – is a King, who has to be protected from the wrong diagnostic procedures. One can easily hit with the Bishop and make a tentative diagnosis which is far from being final. You can also move with the Knight or the Queen and find the cause of a disease. Moving the Pawn will only show parametric variation, a symptom, but not the nature of the disease and thus the treatment will have no result at all. That is why it’s very important to find a veterinarian who can play this diagnostic chess game and understands the initial mission of each chess figure, literally a testing procedure, rather than play with the same two figures all his life…
One has to acquire new knowledge all his life. It’s not right to deny something new just because you don’t understand it or have never heard of it before. That’s the sure-fire way to put in danger the health of a pet and the owner as well as the professionalism of the veterinarian.
The world science is in a constant development process, and as a result, new methods of analysis and new test systems for determining different variables are constantly implemented into veterinary. And only a highly intelligent veterinarian who understands the effects of these innovations can implement them into practice for the benefit of pets and their owners. There’s no universal technique, which can help to make a final diagnosis. For instance, molecular genetic analysis can indicate the presence of infectious agent in the analysed biopsy material, but it will fail to indicate chronic disease or latent infection in organs, from which it’s impossible to take the tissue sample. Methods of immunoenzyme assay implicitly indicate the presence of infection in the body but are unable to pinpoint the location of the affected organ. But the experienced veterinarian can deduce which organ is affected, judging from the obtained test results, anamnesis, symptoms and visible changes and make the right diagnosis. And this set of parameters is truly unique for each animal and its disease.
Old fashioned diagnostic methods such as biochemical blood test, complete blood cell count and urine analysis are quite rarely used nowadays due to the little diagnostic value. They only indicate a change of measured parameters which experienced veterinarians notice without any tests. Besides, as a rule these parameters are stable even at the end-stage of disease.
X-ray analysis, MRT, ultrasonography and other expensive medical device analysis also indicate and detect changes in organs and tissues without specifying the initial cause of the disease. They are commercially based and are not effective for making initial diagnosis. For rational and economical approach to diagnosis it’s very important to range the stages of testing in order to figure out first of all the initial cause of the disease, and not to simply indicate and ease the symptoms.
Eventually, even the most expensive sets of laboratory analysis which indicate the real cause of a disease, turn out to be much cheaper for the pet owners than wasting money on buying dozens of hypothetically effective medicines, homeopathic pills or corticoid blockade without addressing the cause of disease.
Some veterinary clinics lose customer loyalty just because they achieve the wanted result by continuous and expensive treatment, and at times can’t even tell the pet owners what their pets are suffering from and what the initial cause of their disease is.
At all times there has been a shortage of professionals and the experienced specialists have always been in high demand. The reason for that is quite simple: since it’s impossible to teach someone who doesn’t want to be taught or to become a specialist without acquiring the needed knowledge and experience, it’s also impossible to cure a pet without knowing the cause of a disease, thus any treatment must be etiotropic and performed by qualified specialists.
Bald Laboratory has always been at service of experienced professionals!