Our hospital is equipped with specialized laboratory equipment for various blood tests including complete blood count (CBC), serum biochemistry, and electrolytes. Other specialized blood tests are sent to reference laboratories most of which have results by the next day. Urine tests and cultures are processed on-site and are analyzed by our veterinarians as well as our specially trained RVTs. Other in-house diagnostics routinely performed include ear and skin cytology, fungal cultures, and growth aspirate cytology.
In order to minimize the risks during anesthesia, blood work prior to an anesthetic procedure is highly recommended. It is important to screen for underlying liver disease, kidney disease, or electrolyte abnormalities that may increase the risks of your pet under anesthesia. Knowing the state of your pet's internal and metabolic functions allow us to take extra precautions, if needed, or even postpone elective procedures until the underlying problems are resolved.
Radiography (x-rays) extends our diagnostic capabilities allowing us to image your pet’s internal organs and bones. With our modern digital x-ray machine, we are able to obtain images within seconds! Each exam room is equipped with viewing monitors for our digital x-rays which can also be burned to a disc or shared electronically.
Dental x-rays have revolutionized pet dental health. While your pet is undergoing a dental cleaning and oral evaluation, we use digital dental x-rays to help evaluate the vitality of your pet’s teeth just as your dentist will at your own dental visits. There are many abnormalities that we are unable to diagnose without the help of digital dental x-rays such as tooth abscesses, retained fractured roots, and diseases of the tooth pulp chamber (where blood vessels and nerves of each tooth are located).
We are also equipped with a modern ultrasound (sonogram) machine which allows us to image internal organs in real time (like a movie instead of still pictures of an x-ray image). This allows us to detect abnormalities such as internal tumors/growths, bladder stones, and abnormal fluid within the lungs or abdomen.
For a more thorough and complete ultrasound examination, we may schedule a board-certified radiologist and/or internal medicine specialist to come to our clinic and perform an ultrasound on your pet. These radiologists and internists have received specialized training in order to accurately image your pet’s internal organs to help aid in the diagnosis of certain diseases.