When your pet is sick, diagnostic testing is an important complement to a thorough physical examination and your observation of what’s happening with your pet at home. All of these help us to obtain an accurate diagnosis, which in turn leads to more successful treatment of your pet.
Our modern laboratory equipment allows us to quickly run tests on blood and urine samples from your pet in order to assess blood counts, organ functions, and abnormalities of the urinary system. We also offer a microscopic assessment of samples from lumps and bumps, fluids, skin lesions and ear debris, to aid in the diagnosis of tumors, abscesses, cysts, ear infections, skin disease and more. For tests not available in-clinic, we utilize a reference laboratory with a rapid turn-around time.
Radiographic imaging (x-rays) of the chest, abdomen, and skeletal system aids in the diagnosis of:
- cardiac and respiratory disease
- gastrointestinal disorders
- changes in liver, kidney and spleen, and the urinary bladder
- orthopedic conditions such as dysplasia, fractures, and bone cancer
Ultrasound is a non-invasive way to image the internal structure of organs. Whereas radiographs (x-rays) show the shape, size and contours of organs, ultrasound shows the internal architecture which can indicate cysts or tumors inside the organ. Ultrasound can also show accumulations in the abdomen or within organs (i.e. pyometra is fluid within the uterus), and calcifications like urinary stones.
Endoscopy involves the insertion of a tube with video-recording capability into the gastrointestinal tract. Upper GI endoscopy involves visualization of the esophagus, stomach, and first portion of small intestine. Colonoscopy involves visualization of the colon, ileum, and cecum. These procedures are helpful in the diagnosis of:
- esophageal strictures
- gastric and intestinal disorders
- retrieval of esophageal and gastric foreign objects
- and colorectal disease.
This procedure allows close-up visualization of the deep structures of the ear canal and tympanic membrane (ear drum). It can also be useful in performing myringotomy to flush the middle ear cavity.
Our experienced, caring staff will help guide your decisions on diagnostic care for your pet, explaining each test and results along the way. In the event that your pet requires specialized diagnostic testing that we cannot provide, we partner with specialty referral centers and can arrange a consultation for your pet.