In some cases it can take more than a physical exam or an evaluation of visible symptoms to properly diagnose your pet’s illness. Our veterinarians utilize a number of sophisticated diagnostic tools that provide detailed information about your dog or cat’s condition including blood work, x-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, and more. Advanced diagnostics are also used in our preventative care exams, to help us stop diseases and parasites in their earliest stages, before they pose a serious threat to your pet’s health.
Radiology: Also commonly called an “x-ray,” this is an imaging tool that provides a non-invasive method of examining your dog or cat’s internal organs. Orthopedic abnormalities, intestinal obstructions, organ enlargement, and other conditions can be discovered with this device.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that allows us to look at the organs in the chest, such as the liver, kidneys, spleen or heart, in 3-D. Veterinary ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive tool that allows for the visualization of tissues that are not otherwise possible to examine.
Laboratory: Routine fecal screenings, urinalysis, heartworm tests, complete blood counts, pre-surgical screenings and blood chemistry profiles are among the many tests to which our laboratory can provide results quickly.
Blood Pressure Monitoring: Accurate blood pressure monitoring allows us to assess your pet’s condition while under anesthesia, experiencing shock, or in other critical situations. It is also used during routine check-ups to provide a baseline blood pressure reading.
Pulse Oxymeter: This device allows us to measure the amount of oxygen the blood is carrying. This, along with heart rate and respiration are measured routinely during surgeries.
Endoscopy: Both rigid and flexible fiberoptic scopes can be used to assess internal organs and take biopsy specimins. Rigid scopes are also used for minimally invasive surgery, allowing our doctors to perform certain procedures with much smaller incisions than would be otherwise necessary.