As veterinarians, we need to rely on additional techniques in order to assist us in making an accurate diagnosis. The better the diagnostic technology and equipment, the more accurate the diagnosis. While our diagnostic tools are numerous, listed below are some, but not all, of the diagnostic tools we implement in diagnosing your pets illness.
- CBC - The CBC (Complete Blood Count) allows us to obtain information on the components of your pet's blood cells.
- Urinalysis- By using urine collected either from you or our staff, we can perform a urinalysis to analyze levels of bacteria, crystals, red and white blood cells, glucose, protein, ketones and urine concentration. This helps us to determine whether dietary changes and antibiotics or further testing is needed.
- Blood Chemistries and Electrolytes - We can test for specific liver and kidney values, proteins and electrolytes. This is particularly useful as a screening test prior to anesthesia. Blood is often submitted to IDEXX laboratories when a more comprehensive screening is needed.
- Eye Pressure -With an instrument called a tonopen, we can measure the pressure of your animal's eye to detect glaucoma or inflammation.
- Radiographs - We provide a wide range of diagnostic techniques, including radiology. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can detect many issues that are not visible during regular exams by the doctor.
- Ultrasound Imaging - Ultrasound equipment uses high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of what is inside your pet's body. It is a non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many diseases and problems affecting your pet.
- We have employed Dr. Kent Wallace, DVM of Multi-Imaging PLLC, Ithaca, New York to visit our office once a month for patient ultrasounds (abdominal and cardiac). Echocardiograms for non-congenital heart issues can also be scheduled.