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Diagnostics

Overview

When your pet is sick or injured, you want answers quickly. We have access to a suite of advanced diagnostic tools, so we can rapidly and accurately diagnose your pet’s illness and start an appropriate, effective treatment strategy as soon as possible.

In-house blood work

With our in-house blood work equipment, we can run numerous tests to assess your pet’s health, including:

  • Complete blood count (CBC) — A CBC assesses your pet’s red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, and allows us to detect conditions such as anemia, infection, and clotting disorders.

  • Biochemistry profile — A biochemistry profile evaluates numerous body systems and helps our team detect issues such as electrolyte imbalances, diabetes, and kidney and liver disease.

  • Parasite screening tests — We can run on-site blood tests to determine if your pet has heartworms or they have been exposed to a tick-borne illness.

Digital radiography

With digital radiography (i.e., X-rays), our team can take highly detailed images that allow us to better assess the problematic area and make a more accurate diagnosis. Cases that may require digital radiography for diagnosis include:

Heart disease

Gastrointestinal foreign body

Fractured bone

Arthritis

Pneumonia

Cancer metastasis

Intervertebral disc disease

Dental disease

Computed tomography

Computed tomography (CT), commonly referred to as a CAT scan, uses multiple X-rays to obtain computer-generated cross-sectional images that provide much more information about the area of interest than a digital radiograph. CT scans are often used in veterinary medicine to image a pet’s chest, abdomen, nasal cavity, or joints. Pets must be anesthetized because they need to remain still throughout the procedure. A board-certified veterinary radiologist reviews the CT images to ensure a correct diagnosis.

Not every practice has CT imaging capabilities, and we provide outpatient CT services for many area primary care and specialty veterinarians.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive imaging technique that provides real-time visualization of structures such as the kidneys, liver, lungs, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and blood vessels. Our team uses ultrasound to diagnose conditions such as internal bleeding, pancreatitis, enlarged organs, and kidney or bladder stones, and to help guide tissue biopsies.

Electrocardiogram

Our team uses an electrocardiogram (ECG) to assess your pet’s heart rate and rhythm. By evaluating the electrical impulses that pass through the heart, we can detect conditions such as arrhythmias, abnormalities in heart size and structure, and abnormal conduction.

Blood pressure measurement

Our team may recommend measuring your pet’s blood pressure to assess their cardiovascular status, especially if they have a heart condition, kidney disease, or an endocrine disorder.

Tonometry

Our team can measure your pet’s eye pressure with a tonometer, a specialized diagnostic instrument that can help detect and monitor conditions such as glaucoma and uveitis.