Health Assessments from Every Angle with Veterinary Diagnostics
Your pet’s health requires more than a physical exam. Our animal hospitals use the latest veterinary technology to look at your pet as a whole—from the outside in. We use diagnostic equipment to assess your pet’s internal workings from blood counts to joint mobility and much more. Each of our locations features a full in-house laboratory as well as imaging technologies.
Laboratory Testing Capabilities
The more we understand about your pet’s health, the better we can treat them. Our in-house laboratory is capable of many pet diagnostics tests that help us create a comprehensive view of each patient. We have the ability to assess and perform:
- CBC (complete blood count)
- Blood chemistry
- Fecal tests
- Cytology (analysis of skin cells)
- Fungal cultures
- And more!
Beyond our labs, our animal hospitals also feature imaging technology to see beneath the surface and examine your pet’s internal structure. We offer digital X-rays and ultrasound at all of our locations, however, only Viera has the ability to perform an Echocardiogram. All of our imaging is non-invasive and typically requires no sedation, however, some pets with anxiety may need a gentle anesthetic.
Learn a bit more about each piece of equipment:
Digital X-rays create an even sharper image than their traditional predecessor and use significantly less radiation, too! The image is taken like a camera shot and takes hardly any time to process. Within a few moments, we have a complete, detailed image of your pet’s internal structure. We use X-rays to examine broken bones, the abdominal cavity, vital organs, and more!
Ultrasonography differs from X-rays in that it uses sound waves to create a live image. With ultrasound, we can see your pet’s organs, joints, and tissue all in motion and can, therefore, get a better idea of how they are all functioning on a daily basis. Ultrasound is helpful in locating a foreign object, examining internal organs and cysts and tumors, as well as assessing joint mobility.
An echocardiogram, or Echo, is a specific type of ultrasound for the heart and associated large blood vessels. Echo gives us a direct look at the anatomy and function of the heart. We can evaluate blood flow through heart valves and recognize any issues with either. We use echocardiograms to diagnose any heart diseases such as valve abnormalities, heart dilation, congenital diseases, and much more.