If you think your dog needs a test, you might want to take it to a vet.
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that vets who are familiar with canine diseases may be able to identify those who have been sick.
In a study published in the journal Veterinary Diagnostic Science & Technology, researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at the data from more than 2,000 vets who treated dogs who tested positive for canine coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2014 and 2015.
They found that some vets were more likely to be able than others to identify the disease.
Researchers found that the most common diagnostic test for COVID-69 in the study was a simple blood test called a COVID genotyping kit (GCK), which is a machine that looks for certain genes.
GCKs are used by veterinarians to confirm a dog’s COVID status, although many vets don’t have a GCK and some don’t even have the machines they use.
The researchers looked at whether vets who had a GCk were more or less likely to report that their dogs were infected with COVID.
The researchers used data from the Centers, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) to analyze data from veterinary practices across the country, and they found that vets were slightly more likely than non-vendors to report a positive GCK.
“It suggests that those who are not familiar with the illness and don’t know how to test for it, are more likely [to] diagnose dogs with COV-19,” said Dr. Joseph M. Shafer, a professor in the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Shafer also noted that there is an inherent bias in the medical community when it comes to diagnosing and treating canine diseases.
“People think they know better, but the truth is they don’t,” he said.
“So the only way to really know what to test is to actually do the test.”
The study also found that veterinarians were significantly more likely, on average, to diagnose COVID disease in a dog than nonvet vets.
The results may not be surprising given that veterinaries are trained in animal testing, but they do raise concerns about the accuracy of that training.
“Vendors are trained to diagnose certain conditions,” said Maren M. Mello, the co-author of the study.
“There are things that can go wrong.
The most common way that veterinators can go awry is in diagnosing COVID,” she said.
Shafar also said that while there is a lot of concern about coronaviral disease, vets should be careful not to make generalizations about COVID infections, especially in dogs who have had no contact with people.
“If you’ve never seen a dog or dog behaviorist, then you’re not going to get a great picture of a dog,” he added.
“The most important thing to do is to do a thorough investigation and get as much information as you can about COV as soon as possible, particularly if your pet has been ill.
If they’re healthy, they’re fine.
If their health has been compromised, then it’s time to call your vet.”
This article was updated to clarify that Dr. Mella was not involved in the research.