Diagnostics and Imaging

Pets can’t tell you what’s wrong with them, but state-of-the-art technology can. Our diagnostic tools can help you figure out why your dog or cat isn’t eating or seems to be in pain. At our veterinary clinic, we offer digital x-rays, state-of-the-art ultrasounds, comprehensive anesthesia monitoring, and in-house laboratory facilities. 

Diagnostic X-Rays

Our goal is to keep our services as non-invasive and inexpensive as possible. Because of this, we often start by using radiography to find out the source of the problem. Radiography is essentially the process of creating black-and-white x-rays of your pet's body. 

With large animals, like horses and cows, portable equipment can help us see what’s going on inside your pet. Because the pet must be completely still to create the image, we typically sedate them beforehand. Other than making it easier to position the animal’s body, this sedation can help reduce the animal’s anxiety.

Meanwhile, certain contrast procedures allow us to get a more detailed look at the animal’s organs. Typical x-rays don’t show soft tissues particularly well, so we have to use a special dye to get a closer look. This dye is given intravenously to the animal while they are sedated, so they don’t remember anything about the experience. 

Veterinary Ultrasounds 

Other than x-rays, ultrasounds are our most popular type of diagnostic equipment. This device uses ultrasonic sound waves to make a picture of the body’s structures. Unlike x-rays, ultrasounds are excellent at showing what is happening within the body’s soft tissues. 

During this procedure, the technician uses a small probe against the animal. Then, sound waves can target different parts of the body. Afterward, these echos are translated by a computer into images. This painless device is able to provide real-time information about what is going on within various organs. 

In-House Laboratory Tests 

Another key component in our veterinary diagnostics capabilities is our in-house laboratory. Our team can help with urine, feces, and blood tests. We can collect the samples at the clinic or use samples you bring in from home.

The type of laboratory tests depends on the problem. For example, we can carry out complete blood count (CBC) tests and other blood tests. These tests can tell us about the number of red blood cells, hemoglobin concentration, platelet levels, and other issues.

Meanwhile, stool samples can help us discover the presence of Giardia, roundworms, and other parasites. We can use a microscope to analyze a small sample of the pet’s stool on a glass slide. If there are any parasites present, we will be able to see them.

Finally, urine tests are effective for detecting problems with an animal's urinary tract. Ideally, the sample should be immediately analyzed or refrigerated after it is collected. Once we have the sample, we can detect bacterial infections, pH variations, glucose imbalances, and similar problems. Changes in the urine’s chemical composition, the presence of blood cells in the urine, and other problems can indicate a potential disease. 

We believe pets are a valued part of your family, and we treat them like it. Our team of veterinarians and vet technicians loves animals, so we go above and beyond to help them get the care they need. From our in-house laboratory facilities to our surgery suite, we carefully tailor each aspect of our services to meet your pet’s unique needs.

Rest easy, your beloved friend is in safe hands.