Diagnostics

A true partner in your pet's wellness.

For everything a physical exam can’t detect. Our advanced in-house diagnostics equipment and lab partners tell us how healthy your pet is on the inside.

Diagnostics

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.

Diagnostics includes:

Digital Radiography

Dental X-Ray

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 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 pinpointing the cause of intestinal obstruction, bladder stones, bone fractures, orthopedic issues and more.

Ultrasound

Sonography used to create an image of internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs.

In-House Laboratory

Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Serum Chemistry Panel

Blood samples tell us a lot about organ function, electrolyte balance, hydration status, and cell counts.

Urinalysis

A urine sample can tip us off to infection, kidney disease, diabetes and blood pressure issues.

Cytology/Biopsy

The microscopic examination of cells, fluids, and tissues is valuable in leading to a diagnosis.

Fecal Exam

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 inspect with a microscope, which is the best way of detecting the most common internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.

Heartworm Tests

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.

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