Treating Your Pet with Diagnostics
A thorough physical examination of your pet may tell us plenty of things about their ears, eyes, skin/coat, or nails, but it won’t give us the answers we need to diagnose internal problems. To know what’s happening inside your pet, we need tools that allow us to actually see inside—without having to resort to invasive surgery. Our pet diagnostics equipment allows us to do just that, and we can utilize one or more of our diagnostic services to help us make the most accurate and timely diagnosis.
Our Pet Diagnostic Services
Perhaps your pet has been sick for the last couple of days, and you’re not sure why, or maybe their appetite has noticeably decreased. There are a number of ways we can go about finding the cause of their condition, which may involve:
- In-house laboratory testing
- Outside laboratory testing
- Digital radiology
- Digital dental radiology
Our In-House Laboratory
The use of our in-house lab equipment can greatly benefit patients with urgent health needs. Tests that can be performed in-house include blood chemistry, complete blood count (CBC), heartworm, and feline leukemia. We can obtain results within 20 minutes, which enables us to develop a treatment plan for your pet during the same appointment.
Digital Radiology & Dental Radiology
Digital radiology (or digital X-ray) involves using safe amounts of radiation to produce a clear, detailed image of your pet’s bones and internal organs. Our digital capabilities allow us to process images much faster, and send them out to specialists if necessary. We can detect a number of conditions with X-ray, including bone fractures, tumors, and foreign bodies.
Endoscopy allows us to examine your pet internally without having to perform surgery. An endoscope is a flexible tube with a video camera mounted on one end, which transmits real-time imagery to a viewing monitor. Endoscopes can be used to examine the nasal passages and gastrointestinal tract (which includes the esophagus, stomach, intestines, and colon). Endoscopic exams are always performed while the patient is sedated.
This minimally-invasive procedure involves performing surgery through a small “keyhole” incision, which results in less pain, less trauma to surrounding organs, and a faster recovery for the patient. Laparoscopy can be used for spaying, neutering, and bladder stone removal. A laparoscope functions similar to an endoscope. It’s roughly the size of a pencil, and has both a camera and light attached which allows the doctor to guide their surgical instruments and view the organs and tissues on a monitor in real-time.