Diagnosis configuration

Zoe Rogers
Zoe Rogers
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You can add, edit, and delete diagnoses from the Medical section of Configuration.

We recommend only tracking diseases which are of interest to your organization. Choose important diseases that you would like to evaluate from a population-level and that you would like to run reports on.

The diseases of interest are ones which are seen on a daily basis, cause serious drains on resources, and/or can lead to euthanasia/death. We recommend having a short list of your top 10-20 most important diseases. 

Be sure to choose labels which are mutually exclusive and specific. For example, don't include separate diagnoses for upper respiratory tract infection, kennel cough, herpes virus, sneezing, and rhinitis. Instead, only use "upper respiratory tract infection". You can then review the data by cat and dog.

Here is a basic list you can start from:

Dental disease
Dermatophytosis (ringworm)
Diarrhea - cause unknown
Ear mites
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)
Heartworm infection
Otitis (ear infection)
Panleukopenia virus - feline
Parvovirus - canine
Resource guarding
Upper respiratory tract infection (URI)
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Urolithiasis (bladder stones)


The diagnoses you add in Configuration will be listed as your options when you add a diagnosis from the Medical tab in an animal's record:


When an animal has a diagnosis, it is labeled as "active" for as long as the animal is sick. Once the animal is healthy again then you can change the diagnosis's status to "resolved". 

By tracking diagnoses, you can run reports to answer questions like:

  • How many animals are currently sick with a certain disease?
  • How long were they sick?
  • How many times did one animal get sick? (For example, feline upper respiratory tract infection)


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