Looking for signs of illness, disease or injury does not usually end with a physical exam. Any number of conditions could be developing inside your pet, but we won’t be able to detect them unless we take the next step and utilize diagnostics. Our veterinary facility here in Old Town possesses advanced and reliable technology that helps our veterinarians seek out and identify many different conditions in pets. For patients in urgent need of treatment, our diagnostic equipment can help us diagnose problems quickly and efficiently, so we can implement an appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
Our Diagnostic Services
Different health conditions may require different diagnostic tools. The pet diagnostic services we offer enable us to perform a more comprehensive examination of the patient, which includes evaluating their internal systems. These services include:
- Laboratory testing (in-house and referral)
- Digital X-rays (includes dental X-rays)
With our in-house laboratory equipment, we can run tests on blood, urine and fecal samples to check for parasites, measure blood cell count, and much more. Complex and extensive tests that require more time are sent to outside specialists, who send us the results once testing is complete. Outside laboratory tests typically take up to 24 hours between receiving the sample and sending us the results, but our in-house capabilities allow us to obtain test results within as little as 30 minutes.
Unlike traditional film X-ray, digital X-ray allows us to take radiographs of your pet’s bones and organs in a much shorter period of time, and produce clearer images. These images are scanned into a computer system and saved into a database, where they can be accessed when needed and emailed out to specialists if necessary. Our X-ray machine uses very small amounts of radiation to safely look for bone fractures, foreign bodies, tumors, and heart problems.
We can also take digital X-rays of your pet’s oral cavity to look for signs of gum disease, which can cause tooth and bone loss. This service is usually performed before and after a dental procedure.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive, painless diagnostic imaging procedure that produces real-time images of your pet’s internal organs. Ultrasound uses soundwave echoes to help us look for cysts and tumors, and study the shape, size, and texture of the soft tissue organs. We can also diagnose pregnancies and detect abdominal fluid using this invaluable tool.