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How Do You Test for Lyme and Lepto?

Lyme Disease
Initial Screening — a quick blood test called the “SNAP 4Dx” is performed as a screening test for Lyme(ticks) disease. This test also screens for heartworm (mosquitoes), Ehrlichia (ticks), and anaplasma (ticks). This test can be performed as part of your pet’s annual wellness and/or when Lyme disease is suspected based upon presenting clinical signs.

Next Steps — if the SNAP test is positive, your veterinarian will recommend further testing, which includes:

  • Measure C6 antibody levels (blood test).
  • Urinalysis.
  • Further blood work.

The information gathered from these tests will allow your veterinarian to formulate the appropriate treatment plan.

Leptospirosis
There is no screening test for leptospirosis. Diagnostic tests are performed when leptospirosis is suspected based upon presenting clinical signs. Initial testing may include any or all of the following:

  • Blood work.
  • Urinalysis.
  • Radiographs.
  • Ultrasound.

Next Steps — based on what the initial testing reveals, your veterinarian may want to pursue leptospirosis specific diagnostics, which include:

  • Testing to detect antibodies to leptospirosis.
  • Testing to detect DNA of leptospirosis.

The information gathered from these tests will allow your veterinarian to formulate the appropriate treatment plan.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. CANCELLATION POLICY

Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give them to waitlisted patients.

4. ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE

We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Wednesday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital