When your pet is sick or injured, a fast, accurate diagnosis is critical. Our hospital includes an in-house laboratory, digital X-rays, and ultrasound to ensure your pet receives an accurate diagnosis. Providing quality pet care is our top priority, and we also consult board-certified specialists when more advanced medical knowledge is needed to diagnose and treat your pet.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of your pet’s internal structures. This procedure is noninvasive and can typically be performed without sedation. An ultrasound can be used to evaluate your pet’s soft tissue structures, including their heart, liver, kidneys, lymph nodes, urinary bladder, gastrointestinal tract, ligaments, and tendons. In addition, an ultrasound can be used to evaluate pregnancy. Ultrasound guidance can also be helpful when obtaining tissue samples or biopsies with a needle, which is less invasive than surgical collection.
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X-rays are a safe, noninvasive way to view your pet’s internal structures. This technology is a valuable tool to help diagnose issues such as broken bones, arthritis, pneumonia, heart conditions, and cancer. X-rays can also be used to diagnose a gastrointestinal obstruction if your pet is suspected of ingesting a foreign object. When necessary, we will send your pet’s X-rays to a board-certified veterinary radiologist for evaluation.
Having an in-house laboratory allows us to provide quick diagnostic results for your pet, which can mean faster treatment, improved anesthetic safety, and life-saving action in an emergency situation. Fast results also prevent you from having to wait and worry for days before your pet’s results are returned. If your pet requires more advanced testing that we cannot perform in our hospital, we can send samples to a veterinary reference laboratory, with results available in 24 hours for most tests.