To give our patients in Zion and all surrounding areas quality veterinary care, our practice has extensive diagnostic tools at our disposal. Sometimes a wellness visit is only the tip of the iceberg, and we may need to check on possible underlying issues we’re alerted to. Other times, routine testing is required to check for common ailments, like parasitic infections. Whatever the case may be, pet diagnostics ensure their entire health will be well taken care of.
Diagnosing a Wide Range of Concerns with Digital X-Rays
Radiography (X-rays) are indispensable tools to diagnose and treat a wide range of possible medical issues in pets. When most people think of X-rays they think of orthopedic repairs and bone fractures, but they help detect many conditions. Because we use state-of-the-art equipment at Gray Animal Hospital, digital X-rays give us a nearly instantaneous look at your pet’s internal body structure. They also work double time by giving us a peek into their oral health. Some of the conditions X-rays help us diagnose:
- We’re able to look at the size, shape, and location of certain organs to diagnose liver, kidney, and heart disease.
- We’re able to diagnose bowel or kidney obstructions.
- We can determine whether lungs are infected, have tumors, or are otherwise inflamed.
- We’re able to diagnose tooth decay and/or bone loss from gum disease.
Diagnosing Abdominal Concerns with Ultrasonography
Some concerns require the use of our in-house ultrasound machine, and we’re lucky to have one at Gray Animal Hospital. From pregnancy to serious medical issues, ultrasonography helps diagnose many abdominal conditions. Using sound waves, we’re able to see real-time, 3-dimensional images of your pet’s internal stomach. Some of the conditions ultrasonography helps diagnose:
- We can observe bladder or kidney stones.
- We can diagnose cysts and certain tumors.
- We can detect cancerous abdominal masses.
- We can diagnose excess abdominal fluid.
Laboratory Analysis to Scan Cells, Test, and More
While our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment are valuable tools, sometimes laboratory analysis may be all it takes to help treat your pet. Our in-house laboratory helps check for many types of diseases and infections. We can determine whether your pet is suffering from a fungal, skin, or parasitic infection by analyzing samples on the cellular level. Please bring a fresh fecal sample to your pet’s next visit, or maybe we can gather one when you come in if we’re lucky. This will help us test for internal parasites, like hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. We may also run your pet’s blood work or take a urine sample. For any more information about our diagnostic services, please contact us!