Our doctors run diagnostics to improve outcomes for our patients. Although we learn a lot from a physical examination, many signs of disease and sicknesses can only be discovered with basic and advanced diagnostic testing. To be able to care for our patients in an efficient and effective manner, it’s necessary to understand what’s going on with them inside and out.
Our suite of diagnostic technologies and services is an integral component of wellness and preventative care and of the urgent and emergency medicine practiced by our veterinarians.
Dental radiography aids immensely in identifying the following issues:
- Retained deciduous teeth (baby teeth that failed to erupt at the proper time)
- Tooth fractures
- Tooth root abscesses or infections
- Areas where teeth appear to be missing (broken roots or parts of teeth may be hidden below the gumline)
- Impacted teeth (teeth that are wedged in and can’t erupt normally)
- Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (painful holes or erosion on the surface of the teeth found mainly in cats)
- Bone or soft-tissue tumors
- Height of the bone below the gum line
- Bone changes and degree of bone loss due to periodontal disease or some other cause
- Size of the periodontal ligament space
- Presence or disappearance of the lamina dura, the bone bundle attached to the periodontal ligament
A full-body x-ray is a valuable tool for identifying foreign objects in the stomach or abdomen and pinpointing the cause of intestinal obstruction, bladder stones, bone fractures, orthopedic issues and more.
We use ultrasonography to create an image of internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Serum Chemistry Panel
Blood samples tell us a lot about organ function, electrolyte balance, hydration status, and cell counts.
A urine sample can tip us off to infection, kidney disease, diabetes and blood pressure issues.
The microscopic examination of cells, fluids, and tissues is valuable for accurate diagnosis.
We check your pet’s stool twice a year for parasites and such signs of disease as blood, mucus and abnormal consistency or color. We also perform a fecal flotation procedure and inspect it with a microscope, which is the best way to detect the most common internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.
Yielding a positive or negative result, SNAP 4DX is a blood test that checks to see if your dog possesses an antigen to heartworm disease or antibodies to one of six vector-borne diseases.
Reference Laboratory Diagnostics
We often send samples of feces, blood, urine and other bodily fluids to our laboratory partner to screen for and monitor disease.