Our doctors run diagnostics to improve the outcomes for our patients. Although we learn a lot from a physical examination, there are many signs of disease and sicknesses that can only be uncovered with basic and advanced diagnostic testing. To be able to care for our patients in an efficient and effective manor, whether sick or healthy, it is necessary to understand what is going on inside our patients as well as outside.
Our suite of diagnostic technology and services in each hospital is an integral aspect of both wellness and prevention care, as well as the urgent and emergency medicine practiced by our veterinarians.
Our diagnostic technology and services includes:
Digital Radiography Diagnostics
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 under the gumline)
- Impacted teeth (teeth that are wedged in and can’t erupt normally)
- Feline Resorptive Lesions (painful holes or erosions 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
Full body X-Ray
A valuable technology for identifying foreign objects in the stomach or abdomen and pinpoint the cause of an intestinal obstruction, bladder stones, bone fractures, orthopedic issues and much more
Sonography used 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 simple urine sample can tip us off to infection, kidney disease, diabetes, or even blood pressure issues.
- The microscopic examination of cells, fluids, and tissues is valuable in leading to a diagnosis.
- Often sent to our reference laboratory partner, we check your pet’s stool twice a year for signs of intestinal disease and parasites. We will examine the stool for outward signs of disease such as blood, mucus and abnormal consistency or color. We also perform a fecal flotation procedure and take a look with a microscope, which is the best way to uncover the presence of the most common internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms or whipworms.
- Yielding a positive or negative result, SNAP 4DX is a blood test that checks to see if your dog has antigen to heartworm disease or antibodies to one of the six vector-borne diseases
Reference Laboratory Diagnostics
Evaluating blood, urine and feces (as well as other bodily fluids) to screen for and monitor disease