Our diagnostic services allow us to provide expert level care to your pet. Taking the time to identify issues, formulating a treatment plan, and executing that plan in the best way possible is necessary to make sure that your pet receives the best level of care possible.
Our office offers an array of diagnostic modalities to accurately assess ailments in our patients. With patients who cannot describe their symptoms, diagnostic testing becomes an extremely important tool.
Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations. Finally, we have relationships with several academic laboratories to ensure access to the most advanced clinical pathology testing available.
Our on-site, modern, digital X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders, and which can be quickly emailed for teleradiology consults or to specialists if needed. And our digital dental radiology capability aids is making the best decisions for your pet when oral surgery is needed.
We offer comprehensive ultrasound service with our board-certified internist, and our assoicate veterinarians are skilled at common ultrasound screenings as well. Our doctors may recommend an ultrasound for your pet to get a better evaluation of what’s happening inside. Often, we get questions about why this is better than a radiograph (“x-ray” picture), or how it works.
Ultrasound, as the name suggests, uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image, based on how much the material being examined changes the sound as it passes through. Unlike radiology, which is great for looking at bones and air-filled structures, ultrasound is most useful in looking at “soft tissue”, which includes most of the internal organs (liver, kidneys, etc) and tendons and ligaments, as well as differentiating between fluid and solid tissue. Bone and air obscure ultrasound images, so its use is limited in the chest by air in the lungs, and in some part of the body where bone closely overlies other tissues, such as the skull or pelvis.
Ultrasound lets us measure the size of organs, evaluate their structure, and identify isolated or focal lesions that may occur with some infections or cancers. In addition, because ultrasound lets us examine organs in “real time”, it can be used to guide some types of tissue biopsy and fluid collection for laboratory evaluation.
One other major use of ultrasound is examining the heart. With echocardiography, we can observe the motion of the chambers and valves of the heart, and determine whether blood is moving normally through the heart. The doctors may recommend this test if they here a heart murmur; in this case, radiographs are often required as well, to evaluate the overall size and shape of the heart, and to determine if there is fluid accumulation in the lungs.
In animals of all species, we can use ultrasound to diagnose pregnancy. Ultrasound can identify structures in the uterus before fetal skeletons can be seen on radiographs, and also carries less potential harm to the fetus, since no radiation is involved.
We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists if needed. When needed, we can arrange for a Holter monitor to diagnose complex arrhythmias.
Video otoscopy and endoscopy
Our rigid endoscope and video otoscope can be used to visualize, and if needed biopsy, otherwise inaccessible body cavities non-invasively.