When a pet gets sick or becomes injured, they cannot speak to tell us where it hurts or what’s bothering them. Veterinary diagnostics are the tools that allow our doctors to be the voice for our animal companions. Diagnostic testing provides our experienced veterinarians with the ability to look below the surface and learn exactly what’s happening inside your pet’s body so we can diagnose and treat the problem in a timely manner, greatly improving the chances of a full and speedy recovery.
Academy Pet Hospital employs the use of a broad range of diagnostic tools to monitor and manage the ongoing health of our patients. These services include routine lab work, such as blood work, urinalysis and fecal testing, as well as more advanced and in-depth methods like radiology (x-ray) and ultrasound imaging. What’s more, our in-house laboratory aids in the fast and accurate retrieval of test results, helping us diagnose and treat a variety of conditions for which time is of the essence.
Radiology, or x-ray, is a diagnostic technology that captures images from inside your pet’s body so that our doctors can examine and interpret them to reach an accurate diagnosis. We use x-ray imaging to help us evaluate the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems, looking for any inconsistencies or abnormalities that might indicate what is ailing your companion.
Ultrasound imaging is another diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart and abdominal organs. Pregnancy exams are also available. Ultrasound is an excellent option for diagnosing a variety of illnesses and injuries because it is non-invasive, drug-free and completely painless for the patient. Ultrasound services are available at our sister hospital, Cross Creek Animal Hospital.
Whatever may be bothering your animal companion, rest assured that we are well-equipped and fully prepared to do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of it so we can get your pet back on the road to good health again as soon as possible.