When there’s a problem with your pet and we need to figure out what’s wrong, we routinely use x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious. We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools.
We offer digital radiology which allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet. To avoid a blurry image, your pet will need to remain still while an x-ray is taken. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia.
Laboratory tests are an essential diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. At each annual wellness exam, an intestinal parasite test, and for dogs, a heartworm test will be recommended. In addition, a complete blood count and serum chemistry panel may be recommended for your pet. This information provides baseline measurements, helps to monitor the progression of a pet’s disease, or diagnose diseases that are hidden in apparently healthy looking pets.
When a pet is scheduled for veterinary surgery, a pre-anesthetic blood panel is conducted on the patient to ensure that internal organs are functioning properly and that the pet is healthy enough to be anesthetized.