Your pet’s health can’t be entirely assessed with only a physical exam. Regular blood work and pet diagnostic screenings help us track your pet’s internal health so we can recognize when there is an issue is present. We’re able to perform most pet diagnostics tests right here in-house and get the results back quickly and conveniently. Diagnostic testing is an important tool for all of our pets. Routine blood work and urine testing helps us to evaluate liver and kidney function, as well as electrolyte abnormalities, urine crystal formation, blood glucose (diabetic monitoring) red and white blood cell counts and a variety of other abnormalities. These tests are frequently used to ensure the health of our geriatric patients and patients on long term medications.
When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.
X-rays provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.
We are proud to offer digital radiology (x-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film). This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet. Plus, it uses less radiation than traditional x-rays. To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia.