A key factor in providing the best veterinary care we can offer is our ability to do some investigation and quickly come up with answers regarding your pet’s medical condition. Part of that process is taking samples (fecal, blood, urine, etc.) and running tests in our on site laboratory. Instead of taking samples and having them sent out to a lab to be tested, to then have those results sent back to our team, our answers are given to us as soon as the test is finished processing. Often times a test can be preformed and results given while you’re waiting in the office. This facilitates a faster and more accurate diagnosis, which then leads to a more fast acting treatment plan. With the help of our laboratory services, we are able to expedite your pet’s healing process and get them back to feeling healthy again as soon as possible.
An important and often necessary part of diagnostics is the utilization of digital radiography, more commonly known as X-rays. X-rays are frequently used in both human and veterinary medicine because they allow us to obtain clear images of a patient's bones, tissues, and internal organs relatively easily. Digital radiography is a quick, safe, and non-invasive form of imaging that involves an extremely small amount of radiation emission, therefore making it "low risk". Offering on-site imaging alleviates the stress of new environments and being physically handled by strangers for our patients. Another added benefit to an in-house X-ray is that it allows our professionals to search for and find the information they are looking for in order to create a diagnosis, usually within the time frame of your pet's appointment. If the results necessitate the services of a specialist, we will refer you to a veterinary radiologist we know and trust.
Ultrasound technology is another form of non-invasive imaging that is often utilized in conjunction with digital radiography (x-rays). It is not only an effective diagnostic tool within the realms of human medicine, but it is commonly relied upon in the world of veterinary medicine. In fact, it is so frequently used that it ranks second in popularity of utilized imaging methods amongst other potential options in the veterinary medical field. Ultrasounds create real-time video footage of the patient's internal health conditions by sending out innocuous sound waves throughout the body, generally geared towards soft tissue or fluid-filled anatomical structures. Ultrasounds, like x-rays, are a pain-free, safe, and highly effective means of determining a potential medical issue or reaching the point of diagnosis. Ultrasound technology also frequently prevents any further unnecessary and/or invasive exploration, such as surgery. Please ask one of our veterinarians if ultrasound technology can benefit your pet.
An echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) uses ultrasound waves to create real time images that allow the cardiologist to evaluate the heart size, valve function and heart strength. Most people are familiar with ultrasound technology that is used for a pregnancy sonogram. A veterinary cardiologist will use the same type of hand-held probe/scanner to image your pet’s heart. It is considered the most sensitive test for diagnosing heart disease in dogs and cats.