Radiology, or X-rays, help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. This ability to produce and evaluate the information quickly can be crucial in an emergency.
High-tech fiber optics permits direct visual examination and biopsies of some of your pet's gastrointestinal tract. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of oral, esophageal, stomach, colon and colonic disease. Foreign objects may also be removed without the need for surgery.
Lab work can be the key to unlock the mystery behind your pet's declining helath. Because we want to give your pet the best medicine possible, we have invested in technology and equipment which helps identify disease indicators. By taking a small amount of blood, urine, or stool we can run tests that will help to uncover the cause of your pet's symptoms. Following is a list of some of the tests we can run:
Flourescein Eye Stain
Canine & Feline Heartworm Testing
Cytologies (Ear, Conjunctiva, Skin, Urine, Vaginal, Fluid, Tissue)
Blood Chemistries, CBCs, PCVs, clotting times, and hematology
CPL (Canine Pancreatic Lipase)
Many infectious disease titers and PCR testing
Bacterial and Fungal Cultures
Feline Leukemia & feline AIDS
Urinalysis Dipstick with USG & Cytology
When any irregular heart rhythm is detected on clinical examination, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) should be undertaken. The small electrical impulses normally generated by the heart are amplified 3,000 or more times and recorded by the ECG machine. An ECG is extremely sensitive and can detect minor disturbances in the heart beat and allow us to diagnose many types of heart disease.
An ECG is a simple test to perform. Your pet is usually placed in a standing or lying position and electrodes (small metal clips) are attached to the elbows and knees. A jelly or liquid is applied to improve electrical conduction between the dog and the electrodes. The ECG machine merely records the electrical impulses from the dog and there are no unpleasant sensations, nor is there any danger to the pet.
If any abnormalities are noted, ECG rechecks or further testing may be needed, such as x-rays, blood work, blood pressure monitoring or an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart).