Radiographs or X-rays are one of the most informative diagnostic tools available to a veterinarian, and often one of the first diagnostic tools we will perform when your pet is ill. They allow us to evaluate your pet’s bones and internal organs (heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, etc…), gastro-intestinal system (stomach, intestines, and colon), respiratory system (trachea and lungs), genitourinary system (bladder, prostate), and more.
X-rays do require the pet to remain motionless while the picture is being taken, so sometimes we will recommend giving a short acting sedative in order to receive the most diagnostic x-ray.
Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to obtain a real-time detailed image of your pet’s organs and other structures inside their body. It is a non-painful and non-invasive procedure that can often be done without the need for sedation. Ultrasonography does not use radiation, and has no known side effects.
Ultrasound imaging can be used to evaluate organ systems such as the liver and gall bladder, spleen, kidneys and bladder, stomach and gastrointestinal system, and more. Additionally, lumps or growths felt in the abdomen can be better visualized and even sampled through the use of ultrasound. In an emergency, ultrasound can be a useful tool for detecting the presence of free fluid in the abdomen or chest.
At our clinic, we are equipped with devices that allow us to analyze blood samples and receive results in as little as 10 minutes. We are able to perform Complete Blood Cell counts (CBC’s) as well as analyze the function of various organs systems.
Having these machines on site allows us to diagnose and treat patients more rapidly and efficiently.
We also have a microscope on-site and are able to look at and analyze various samples.
Our clinic also works closely with several external laboratories that offer more options for tests. They also offer experts to offer insight on test results, as well as suggestions for the best course of action in regards to treatment. By being able to perform specific tests based on your pet’s needs or symptoms, and getting thorough answers based on the results, we are able to provide your pet with the best care possible.