Pet Diagnostics: Getting to the Root of the Problem
Having your pet examined on the outside is often the first step in diagnosing an illness or other condition. To examine your pet on the inside, we rely on advanced veterinary diagnostic services. These include laboratory testing, digital X-rays, ultrasound, and electrocardiography—all of which we offer in-house. Because these services are available right here in our clinic, we can obtain diagnoses faster and provide treatment sooner. In many cases, these services can be combined to obtain the most accurate diagnosis.
- Laboratory testing: We can perform blood tests, urinalyses, parasite screenings, and a number of other tests in our in-house laboratory. Your pet’s test results can reveal a number of conditions, such as diabetes, heartworm disease, and thyroid problems. Laboratory testing can be performed for both ill pets and healthy pets (to establish a wellness profile).
- Digital X-rays (radiology): This technology uses very low doses of radiation to examine a pet’s heart, lungs, abdominal organs, and bones. It can be used to diagnose broken bones, foreign bodies, and other conditions. Because our X-rays are produced digitally, we can easily manipulate them on a computer screen. We can also share them via email, if necessary.
- Ultrasound: This non-invasive technique uses ultrasound waves to examine a pet’s internal structures to produce a 2D image in real time. It can be used to detect pregnancy, assess the heart for defects (echocardiogram), and many other purposes.
- Electrocardiography: An electrocardiogram (ECG) is the recording of electrical activity of the heart from the body surface to detect arrhythmias and other heart conditions. An ECG is often combined with chest X-rays or an echocardiogram.
- MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging can be used for a wide range of conditions that cannot be completely diagnosed with an X-ray, ultrasound, or blood test. These include seizures, nasal masses, chest masses, and bladder tumors.
- Digital dental X-rays: With digital dental X-rays, we can view below the gum line, where most dental problems are found. Images can be produced in a matter of seconds and be easily enhanced on a screen. They can also be e-mailed, if necessary.
At Sheridan West Animal Clinic, we take pride in our in-house pet diagnostic services because they allow us to provide high-quality, efficient veterinary care. Please feel free to contact us at 954-432-6230 if you have any questions about these services or if you’d like to schedule an appointment. A member of our team will be happy to assist you.