We believe in providing the best possible care to our pet patients. In order to accomplish this, our veterinarians and staff are continually educating themselves on the latest advances in veterinary medicine. Today we’re discussing various pet clinic veterinary diagnostic tools that help us maintain your pet’s good health.
Having these resources available means that we can quickly help our pet patients in the case of an emergency. In addition, we are able to make the most of every appointment by performing any necessary tests and obtaining the results in a timely manner, leading to a quicker diagnosis and examination of treatment options.
Pet Clinic Veterinary Diagnostics
Each pet has personalized health care needs that change over the course of its lifetime. While your pet may never need some of these tests, it is comforting to know they are available, just in case.
X-ray or Radiography: Our veterinarians turn to this technology to search for any irregularities that are located in the chest and abdominal cavities. It is also used to explore masses or foreign bodies that were potentially swallowed, as well as heart and lung issues. Should a pet exhibit symptoms of lameness, these tests can help us to identify osteoarthritis and fractures.
Blood Pressure Monitoring: The equipment that is used to take a pet’s blood pressure is not the same as that used in a human doctor’s office; however, the measurement can be just as important. High blood pressure, a serious condition itself, may also be a sign of an underlying disease, such as diabetes. Blood pressure monitoring is particularly important for senior pets, as they are more disposed to hypertension.
Ultrasound: If your pet needs an ultrasound, we will either schedule an onsite appointment to provide this service or refer you to a specialty facility. Ultrasound technology is especially helpful when it comes to examining the structure of internal organs.
Pet Clinic Veterinary Laboratory: Laboratory tests are an indispensable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. At each annual pet wellness exam, an intestinal parasite test, and for dogs, a heartworm/tick test will be recommended.
In addition, a comprehensive blood count and serum chemistry panel may be recommended for senior pets. This information delivers baseline measurements so that any changes in a pet’s health can be monitored and treated quickly, if necessary.
When a pet is scheduled for pet clinic veterinary surgery, a pre-anesthetic blood panel is typically performed on the patient to ensure that internal organs are functioning correctly and that the pet is healthy enough to go under anesthesia. Our in-house laboratory is able to quickly and accurately process these results, along with a selection of other tests.
We are pleased to be able to provide access to these pet clinic veterinary diagnostic tools for our clients as part of our ongoing commitment to excellent pet care for our patients and their families!