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Laboratory: Our full in-hospital laboratory allows us to run a variety of diagnostic tests on our patients for both routine and sick evaluations. Bloodwork including complete blood count (CBC), serum chemistry and electrolyte levels can be processed the same day to allow our veterinarians rapid assessment of your pet's health status. Bloodwork can be run within 15-30 minutes for emergency cases. Urinalysis can be performed to assess possible urinary tract infections, kidney disease or urinary stones. Fecal examinations are recommended on a routine basis as well as during times of gastrointestinal illness to evaluate for intestinal parasites. We also have the capability to run other specific tests (such as for pancreatitis or Lyme disease) on an in-house basis, providing quick and efficient diagnostic tools for our patients.
We also work in conjunction with several outside laboratories such as Idexx Labs for specialized bloodwork needs. Idexx has courier pick-up six days a week with most results available the next morning, and they maintain an Internal Medicine consultation service for use by our veterinarians on complicated cases.
Radiography: Radiographs (x-rays) aid us in the ability to quickly diagnose many disorders. Our high quality on-site equipment allows us to offer these services to our patients on a routine or emergency basis. We also have digital dental radiographs for our dentistry procedures.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound technologies have progressed rapidly in the last few years in both human and animal medicine. Although we have had ultrasound capabilities for nearly a decade, we have recently upgraded to a brand new state-of-the-art GE ultrasound machine to allow us to better diagnose many disorders in our companion animals. We can perform echocardiograms and abdominal ultrasounds in-hospital and we also have the ability to consult with specialists at our Telemedicine services on these ultrasounds.
Endoscopy/Rhinoscopy: Endoscopy is a specialized procedure that allows the veterinarian to visualize the internal structures of the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestines with a thin, flexible viewing instrument called an endoscope. Animals must be under general anesthesia for this procedure and it is commonly used to look for ulcers, tumors, foreign objects or inflammation. We can also perform biopsies using the endoscope. Rhinoscopy is similar to endoscopy except that it involves a more rigid instrument and is used to evaluate the nasal passages and sinuses. Rhinoscopy is commonly used to look for tumors or polyps, inflammation (such as in chronic rhinitis) or foreign objects.
Please ask one of our Doctors if you have any questions about any of our Diagnostic Services.