Finding the Cause of Your Pet’s Health Problems with Diagnostics
Owning a pet can be a real challenge, especially if they fall ill seemingly out of the blue. We understand how stressful these incidents can be, which is why we’re happy to offer pet diagnostic services for our patients. A lot can be discovered during physical exams, but some health abnormalities tend to fly under the radar. For these sneaky problems, we utilize diagnostics to get an inside look at your pet’s internal anatomy to see what’s being overlooked. Our goal is to make as accurate a diagnosis as possible so we can begin your pet’s treatment.
Pet Diagnostic Services
There are various ways to find out what’s going on inside your pet without resorting to invasive procedures. These methods include:
- Digital X-rays
- Fecal testing
- Urine testing (urinalysis)
- Blood testing
For our clients’ convenience, we can run lab tests in-house for faster results. For more complex cases that require further testing, we can send samples out to lab specialists at Antech or Michigan State. Our in-house blood tests can determine blood cell count, liver and kidney function, and more.
Using state-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment, our veterinarians can produce clear images of your pet’s internal organs and musculoskeletal system. X-rays can help detect the presence of a foreign body in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, along with broken bones and fractures. X-rays can also reveal issues with the lungs and heart.
With ultrasound imaging (sonography), we can determine the blood supply, structure, movement, and shape of your pet’s internal organs. Ultrasound involves bouncing harmless, high-frequency soundwaves off of your pet’s organs to produce a real-time image.
Running a fecal test can help us discover the presence of intestinal parasites such as coccidia, Giardia, hookworms, and roundworms. Common in-house blood tests include red blood cell count, hemoglobin concentration, and packed cell volume. Outside laboratories can run tests for thyroid, creatinine, total protein, and more.
Could Your Pet Benefit from Diagnostics?
Diagnostics can be an invaluable tool for finding the cause of your pet’s illness and/or discomfort, or detecting diseases in their earliest stages. Following an exam, it’s the next step towards diagnosing the problem and developing an effective treatment plan for your loved one, so we can get them back on track. If your pet is showing signs of pain or illness, don’t hesitate to call us at (248) 471-3636.