Understanding Pet Health Conditions Before We Treat Them

Trying to treat a disease, condition, or injury we don’t fully understand is like shooting in the dark. It is ineffective and wastes precious time as the health issue worsens. To better care for your pet, we use pet diagnostic tools so we can create a complete picture of your pet’s problem and then treat it accordingly. Our goal is always to get it right the first time. Once we understand exactly what the problem is, we’ll be able to make an accurate diagnosis and form an effective treatment plan.

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Our Laboratory Does It All

When it comes to a health issue, we leave nothing to chance. Our laboratory can perform just about any test we could need, and with such convenient technology, we don’t just use it when your pet seems sick. We use our lab routinely during wellness exams, taking blood work so we can better understand your pet when they are healthy. This helps us recognize changes more readily and be able to pick up on diseases at the earliest stages. We also use fecal exams to check regularly for intestinal parasites. Despite consistent preventative medications, it is possible for some parasites to slip through.

Our list of diagnostic capabilities includes:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Blood chemistry panel
  • Fecal exams
  • Urinalysis
  • Biopsies
  • Skin scrapings
  • …and more!

Diagnostic Imaging Technology

Lab work isn’t all we offer regarding diagnostics. Our imaging technology gives us another realm in which to identify problems and offer solutions. We feature both digital radiography and ultrasonography, two technologies that give us a detailed view of your pet’s organs, joints, and skeletal structure.

Digital X-Ray

Digital X-ray is a league above its old film predecessor. It emits much less radiation, creates a clearer, more detailed image, and is quick and easy to take and share. Reasons we might take X-rays include:

  • Detecting liver or kidney disease
  • Locating ingested foreign bodies
  • Assessing broken bones or fractures
  • Helping to identify heart problems
  • Determining the presence of bladder or kidney stones
  • …and more!
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Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses ultrasonic sound waves to create a 3D, live picture of your pet’s organs. We use it primarily to observe the abdominal region for any problems. It can help us to:

  • Evaluate how organs are functioning
  • Detect disease in an organ
  • Examine the heart and its performance
  • Help obtain biopsies
  • Check the status of a pet’s pregnancy
  • …and more!

Interested in learning more about our diagnostic capabilities and how it can help your pet? Contact us today!

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