Our modern diagnostic equipment is used to help our veterinarians determine why your pet is sick and aid in determining the correct treatment plan.
Radiology (Digital X-rays)
Digital X-rays provide images of bones and other dense materials your pet may have ingested.
Digital Dental X-rays
A full mouth digital dental X-ray assessment allows us to detect abnormalities below the gum line or diseased teeth requiring additional procedures.
Many diagnostic tests can be done on site and show results while you wait. These findings enable your pet do start necessary treatment or medications right away. Bloodwork and urinalysis check for abnormal conditions and can be used for pre-surgical screenings. Other tests can look for parasites including heartworm, hookworm, tapeworm, fleas, ticks, mites.
Sometimes called a “tono pen” this small device checks the pressure of the eyes to help the veterinarian determine if the patient may have glaucoma.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
- A blood pressure monitor is used to determine hypertension (high blood pressure) in pets and for monitoring during most surgical procedures. All geriatric pets should also be routinely checked for hypertension. It is almost mandatory that every veterinary practice has the capabilities for blood pressure screening and monitoring. Blood pressure monitoring is especially important in feline medicine. Numerous studies show that a large percentage of cats more than 12 years of age have hypertension, either secondary to chronic renal disease or from underlying thyroid disease.
- Diseases commonly associated with hypertension in both the dog and cat, include systemic hypertension and renal disease, hyperadrenocorticism, hyperthyroidism, essential of primary hypertension, and pheochromocytoma. Of these, Cushing’s disease, (dogs) and renal disease are probably the most common. The majority of cats diagnosed as hypertensive are presented to veterinarians for the evaluation of ocular abnormalities such as dilated pupils, hyphema or presumed blindness.
EKG or ECG (Electrocardiology)
This machine monitors the electrical impulses created by the heart with each contraction. The electrical impulses are recorded and analyzed to ensure a steady and consistent heartbeat. Irregularities may lead to more diagnostics to determine causes, etc. and indicate higher risks for surgery.