Diagnostic services are invaluable in both sick pets and as a part of the annual wellness program, (see the button on this site).
When your pet is sick, we have a wide range of diagnostic tools readily available. We provide laboratory services, diagnostic imaging, and microscopy.
We routinely use in house blood analyzers for blood chemistry and complete blood counts. These are run in preventative exams, before surgeries, and in sick pets and emergencies where more information is needed than the physical exam can provide. We also monitor health through urinalysis, (common findings are bacterial infection, crystals/stones, and bladder cancer), and checking for internal and external parasites that your pet may have.
We have many individual tests when a specific disease is suspected, (e.g. Parvo Virus, Feline Leukemia or Aids, Thyroid hormone level, Liver function test, Assays to monitor pets who must take long term medications like NSAIDS or Anti-Seizure medication, and diseases like Cushings, Addisons, or Diabetes.) We also routinely use an outside reference lab for histo-pathology of biopsies and Culture and Sensitivity of bacterial diseases, which allow us to know exactly which antibiotic is the most eﬀective for a specific pet.
Diagnostic imaging has given us great non-invasive tools to understand what is causing your pet’s disease. It is often indicated by results of blood work. Often successful treatment can be given based on the results. It also prevents unnecessary surgeries or confirms the need for surgeries.
Our digital X-Ray unit gives the greatest resolution and clarity that exists today! We can also manipulate the images which allows us see detail, not previously possible. With this tool we are able to make faster and more accurate diagnoses for your pet. Some examples of conditions picked up are congestive heart disease, Heartworm, lung disease, G-I obstruction, enlarged liver or spleen, bladder stones. The reduced radiation also means that your pet is exposed to much less radiation.
Our Ultrasound unit allows us another perspective that X-Ray. Some pathology is seen better with X-Ray and some with Ultrasound. Because of this they are often used together. Some conditions for which Ultrasound is well suited are masses or enlargements of organs, lymph nodes, prostate, as well as the architecture of the organs which often gives clues to the diagnosis. The severity of heart disease and heart murmurs can also be evaluated.
The microscope is still a valuable tool for many diagnoses. Most commonly we use it for cytology, either from ear samples, Fine Needle Aspirates of masses and lumps, impression smears of infected skin, fecal testing, blood slide evaluation, urine sediment analysis as well as a multitude of others.