Pet Diagnostics: Getting to the Root of the Problem
- 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.