Diagnostics

Laboratory

In house lab equipment ensures that we can treat your pet today.

In house lab equipment ensures that we can treat your pet today.

Our hospital is equipped with a complete in-house laboratory. Our lab is staffed with Licensed Veterinary Technicians. The majority of lab tests are completed in less than an hour. When time is critical, we are able to treat your pet within hours instead of days.

Bloodwork – Bloodwork is the cornerstone in screening for disease in apparently healthy pets, as well as making a diagnosis in those that are sick. Some tests that we run frequently are complete blood counts, including red and white blood cell counts and platelet counts. Additionally, we perform kidney, liver, pancreas, thyroid, and other organ function tests. We use these diagnostics to screen for heartworm, feline leukemia, parvo, diabetes, parasites and infection, as well as other conditions.

Cytology – Cytology is the examination of cells under a microscope, which can be obtained with a needle, a swab, or made by making an impression directly onto a slide. Typically, cytology can be used to make a definitive diagnosis of a mass, or to help differentiate between infectious or cancerous processes. Cytology can also diagnose common issues like ear mites or ear infections.

Fecal Tests – Fecal tests determine the presence of intestinal parasites and blood. We also have giardia and parvo snap tests to help diagnose a cause of diarrhea within fifteen minutes.

Urine Tests – Urinalyses are used in the diagnosis and management of the urinary system, including the presence of infection, crystals or abnormal cells in the urine. It is also helpful to assess the concentrating ability of the kidneys, as a component of overall bodily function.

Beth Dennis takes a closer look at a recent lab sample.

Radiology

Our hospital is equipped with the latest in Digital Radiography (X-Ray). We are able to process and interpret radiographs and share the images with clients in one of our computerized exam rooms. If desired, we can transmit these images to a board certified radiologist and receive consultation in an hour or two.

Radiographs use x-rays to make an image on a photoelectric plate or film. These images are used to evaluate the size, shape and position of internal organs, as well as the musculoskeletal system of your pet. We can take OFA x-rays, barium series x-rays and can diagnose various conditions including hip dysplasia, skeletal abnormalties, fractures, luxations, intestinal and stomach foreign bodies, and heart and lung abnormalties.

In addition, we have a portable x-ray machine that allows us to take intra-operative x-rays while the surgeon is still performing surgery. This is especially important and beneficial to the patient during orthopedic surgery, as it enables the patient to remain in position while bone plates, screws or or other hardware is optimally placed.


Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography uses sound waves to create an image of the internal organs and structures of your dog or cat, and is frequently performed in conjunction with radiology. Our hospital is outfitted with two ultrasounds. We have integrated our larger machine with an online team of veterinarians when a second opinion or referral is needed. Ultrasound is non-invasive and allows us to examine soft tissue in great detail without radiation exposure.

A skilled ultrasonographer can scan the chest and abdomen for abnormalties such as tumors, bladder and kidney stones, densities, displacements of organs and gastrointestinal disease. Ultrasound is also elemental in diagnosing pregnancy and monitoring the statuses of the uterus and fetuses throughout pregnancy.

Our ultrasound is equipped with Doppler technology, allowing us to observe the blood flow through the heart and major blood vessels. We can view the opening and closing of the heart valves in order to diagnose and treat heart abnormalties. This ultrasound of the heart, known as an echocardiogram, can help find the cause of cardiac issues.

Ultrasound images of the abdomen can help pinpoint the cause of many disease processes, and can also be used to obtain samples (such as biopsies or urine) for additional diagnostics.

Specialized Diagnostic Tests

We work with Phoenix Central Labs, and other specialized diagnostic centers to run additional diagnostics on your pet. Send-out tests may be warranted when a particular risk for a disease is high enough, or to get a definitive diagnosis. There is an exhaustive list of tests available, and our veterinarians will work with you to come up with a recommendation when it is appropriate.