Modern Veterinary Lab Speeds Diagnosis & Treatment for Your Pet
At Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic, diagnostic testing is not undertaken lightly. While we have the finest advancements in diagnostic technology at our fingertips, we never want to subject our patients and their owners to needless discomfort and expense. It is our goal to ensure that every test we recommend is necessary and useful in the overall health and well-being of each patient.
When we recommend a diagnostic test, our veterinarians will explain the procedure fully. We outline the pros and cons of each test and the benefit to the patient, as well as the cost of the procedure. Ultimately, every test we recommend should have the potential to positively impact the life of the patient, even if it means we rule out a condition or disease.
Whenever we suggest diagnostic testing, from blood work at wellness visits to ultrasounds, X-rays, or other tests, you can feel comfortable discussing these recommendations with our veterinarians and making a decision based on the best interest of your pet.
Common Veterinary Diagnostic Tests
The most common diagnostic used in our practice is laboratory work: blood tests, urinalysis, and fecal exams. At the first wellness exam, we run laboratory tests to establish baseline values for your pet. We may run such laboratory tests as:
- Chemistry panel
- Fecal smear
Find the full explanation of these tests in our in-house laboratory section.
Digital radiology, ultrasound technology, electrocardiography, and endoscopy are all significant advancements in veterinary medicine. Digital radiology, or X-rays, offer the most detailed still pictures available and can be viewed on a large monitor and shared via the Internet. Very small amounts of radiation are used so this testing is considered quite safe. Summertree offers both digital X-rays and digital dental X-rays for our patients.
Ultrasound technology can create either a still picture or a moving image on a monitor. Electrocardiography measures the electrical activity of the heart and is used to determine a variety of cardiac problems.
Endoscopy allows us to view the internal organs by inserting a tube into the body with a camera at the tip for viewing on a video monitor. This procedure lets veterinarians see internal tissue without performing invasive surgery. The veterinarian can also insert instruments through the tube and remove tissue to biopsy for additional diagnostic information.
Contact our hospital to discuss the use of any of these diagnostic tests for your pet.