Advanced Pet Diagnostics
For a truly comprehensive assessment of your pet’s current health status and to detect signs of illness or injury, more than a physical exam will be needed. Many health conditions cannot be properly identified or treated without utilizing pet diagnostics, which can include certain blood tests or imaging techniques to see what is actually going on inside your pet’s bones, circulatory system, and internal organs. At Countryside, we’re pleased to have the most up-to-date testing and imaging equipment to help us detect, diagnose, and treat a multitude of health problems.
Whether your pet is experiencing mild discomfort due to an unknown illness or injury or is having an emergency, our diagnostic capabilities are available 7 days a week.
Our Diagnostic Services
The pet diagnostics we offer at our hospital can address and accommodate many different problems in dogs and cats, and provide answers where none have otherwise been found. We can use one or more of the following services to accomplish this:
- Digital radiography (X-ray) – An advanced imaging technique that produces clearer images of the musculoskeletal, thoracic, and cardiovascular systems. Requires less radiation and less time to perform, making the entire process quicker and easier for your pet. With digital X-ray, we can search for signs of bone fracture, tumors, intestinal blockages (foreign bodies) and abnormal heart conditions.
- Digital dental radiography – Allows us to take X-rays of the entire oral cavity to look for dental issues below the gum line, and detect signs of weakness or fracture in the maxillofacial bones (primarily the jaw).
- In-house lab testing – Enables us to perform tests on blood, stool, and urine to look for abnormalities or evidence of parasites.
- Ultrasound – With certified ultrasonographers among our veterinary technician staff, we can efficiently perform and interpret ultrasounds on pets of all sizes. Ultrasound involves transmitting sound waves through a handheld device and converting the echoes into electrical impulses, which are in turn translated into a real-time image of the internal organs and systems. We can diagnose pregnancies, tumors, cysts, bladder stones and fluid in the abdominal cavity using this technology.
When Will My Pet Need Any of These Services?
We generally recommend annual blood work to accompany the wellness exam and any other services your pet requires on a yearly basis to maintain their health. X-rays and ultrasounds are painless and non-invasive, and may be advised if your pet has been lethargic, limping, losing weight, or experiencing chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea.