Our veterinary hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment which enables us to facilitate a more rapid analysis, and therefore treatment, of your pet's condition.
Radiographs, or X-rays, help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. The image quality of a digital x-ray is much higher than a film x-ray and there is no time lost in processing the image. We are able to view the x-ray almost immediately so we can diagnose and treat your pet rapidly. Digital radiography is environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals to contaminate water systems. Radiation exposure to your pet is minimized because we use far less radiation for digital radiography. We also send all of your pet's x-rays to a board-certified radiologist for a second opinion review.
Digital dental radiology ("x-rays") allows us to visualize the internal anatomy of your dog or cat's teeth along with the roots and surrounding bone. Sixty percent (60%) of animal's teeth lie below the gum line. These highly detailed x-rays allow us to diagnose bone loss or hidden dental disease that may be present in the tooth roots and jawbone areas that may need advanced treatment. Because they are digital there is much less radiation compared to analog systems. The digital images are displayed on the computer screen within a few seconds following exposure, reducing the amount of time your dog or cat is under safe, general anesthesia.
Ultrasound equipment aids us in diagnosing many dog and cat health conditions. Veterinary ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive and safe tool allowing visualization of tissues not otherwise possible. It produces an image through high frequency sound waves aimed at a certain area of the body. As the sound waves travel into the body they return images of the internal organs. Ultrasound examinations return results in real time soour veterinarian can see how the organs are moving and how blood is flowing through the dog or cat at the time of the procedure. In most cases the ultrasound images are then sent to an internal medicine specialist doctor who's once "looking inside" aids our doctors diagnose and treat patients.
Endoscopy allows our veterinarians to visually examine your pet's gastrointestinal (esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines) without invasive exploratory surgery. It is a minimally-invasive technique for performing procedures through natural openings in your pet's body. Fiber optics permit direct visualization and sampling of your pet's gastrointestinal system. This allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment of oral, esophageal, stomach, colon, and even upper intestinal tract disease. In most cases, foreign objects may be removed without the need for surgery.
Endoscopic procedures offer their patients less pain, minimal recovery time and fewer complications. In many cases we perform an endoscopic procedure as an outpatient procedure, a less painful and traumatic alternative for both patient and owner.
Our onsite laboratory allows most screening tests to be completed within a very short period of time. Routine intestinal stool screenings, urinalysis, heartworm tests, complete blood counts, pre-surgical screenings and blood chemistry profiles are among the many tests where results are available very quickly. We also routinely look at cells from masses to evaluate for possible underlying cancers. Reliable independent veterinary laboratories are utilized when deemed appropriate.
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