Accurate and Timely Results with Pet Diagnostics
For an in-depth assessment of your pet’s health, we utilize one or more of our pet diagnostic resources to detect subtle changes and diagnose injuries or illnesses. Our animal hospital in Annandale is equipped with the most advanced diagnostic tools and technology that enable us to quickly obtain the most accurate results.
We can perform a variety of tests with our in-house laboratory, and produce clear images of your pet’s bones and internal organs using our digital radiology and ultrasound machines. Pet diagnostics allow us to answer many questions about your animal companion’s health that a routine physical exam cannot.
Pet Diagnostic Services
We are pleased to offer an array of cutting-edge diagnostic services with varying capabilities here in Annandale, helping us formulate the best treatment plan for your pet. These include:
- In-house laboratory
- Digital X-ray
Our In-House Diagnostic Laboratory
With our in-house lab, we can run various tests such as a blood chemistry panel, complete blood count (CBC), or urinalysis, and obtain results in as little as 30 minutes. These tests are invaluable in helping us detect signs of disease, infection, parasites, and illness. We can also run:
- Fecal tests
- Heartworm tests
- Preoperative blood screenings
- Specialized blood tests for senior pets
- Emergency care (for faster test results)
Our digital X-ray machine allows us to produce high-definition images of your pet’s musculoskeletal, reproductive, urinary, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems. With this technology, we can detect the following:
- Bone fractures
- Hip dysplasia
- Foreign bodies
- Oral conditions below the gum line
- The presence of fluid
Ultrasound involves the use of sound wave echoes to produce a 2-dimensional image of your pet’s heart and abdominal organs, but it can also aid us in pet pregnancy exams. We can examine the structure and texture of the internal organs, as well as their function and blood supply. This procedure is completely non-invasive and painless.
If your pet is experiencing chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea, your veterinarian may recommend an endoscopic exam. With an endoscope, we can study your pet’s esophagus and gastrointestinal tract to look for the source of the problem. An endoscope is a flexible tube fitted with a video camera at the end that allows us to look for signs of scarring, stricture, abnormal swelling, and inflammation.
We can monitor your pet’s heart rhythm and electrical impulses and detect heart conditions with the aid of electrocardiography, or EKG. This service is frequently used in conjunction with digital radiography and/or ultrasound for a more accurate evaluation.