Diagnostic Care

X-Ray

Our veterinary facility is equipped with a radiology suite containing a digital x-ray unit. Digital radiography provides a high-quality image that allows visualization of bones and soft tissue in great detail. After being taken, a digital radiograph can be enhanced, magnified and manipulated in a number of different ways allowing visualization of images in ways that are not possible with film x-ray. These images are captured on a computer and can be shown to a pet owner.

To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet or use a short-acting anesthesia.

We have state-of-the-art software supported by Antech Imaging, who will review all X-Rays by a board-certified radiologist. Dental X-Rays are also extremely helpful with diagnosing below-the-gum tooth disease.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.

We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis. The ultrasonographer applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and create a more accurate visual image.

The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined. The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and amount of fluid present. Those waves create detailed images of the structures, which are shown on a monitor and recorded for evaluation.

Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized. If your pet needs an ultrasound, we will have our traveling specialist come to our clinic to perform the diagnostic ultrasound. If you have any questions about our ultrasound service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Laboratory Services

For your convenience, some laboratory services can be performed in-clinic while you wait. Lab tests that cannot be run in-clinic are sent to Antech, our partner lab with results on most tests in less than 24 hours.

Cardiology

We offer many diagnostic services for patients in need of cardiac care and treatment. To ensure the highest quality of cardiac care, we work closely with a board-certified cardiologist. Our cardiology diagnostics include:

  • EKGs
  • Echocardiograms
  • Holster Monitoring

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in pets. Glaucoma can also lead to severe pain and other eye problems. Early diagnosis is the only way to prevent blindness and associated pain. In most cases, permanent damage has already occurred once symptoms are observed. Glaucoma can be an emergency situation, and if not treated immediately, can lead to permanent blindness.

We screen your pet for glaucoma by using a tonometry pen to check the pressure in your pet’s eyes. If a problem is found we will discuss the treatment options that are available for your pet.

Recommended Glaucoma Screening Guidelines:

Pets of any age will benefit from tonometry screening. All pets should have a baseline screening. Annual screenings are recommended for breeds that are predisposed to glaucoma and any dog or cat over 6 years of age.