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Samples - how they help your vet Owner Factsheet

Laboratory tests are used by vets to help them diagnose disease in sick animals. Increasingly they are also used as part of a routine health check to detect hidden disease before the development of obvious symptoms. This allows your horse to be treated earlier and more effectively. Tests may be used to show whether a horse is carrying infections that could pose a threat to other horses it comes into contact with. Samples may be taken before a general anaesthetic is administered to check for any problems that may increase the risks of the procedure.

Who carries out the test?

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What is being tested and why?

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How many tests are needed to diagnose a disease?

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