Pet Diagnostic Technology Uncovers the Source of Illness
Veterinary diagnostics technology has advanced significantly over the last few decades and allows us to perform many insightful tests right here in our Germantown practice. Little Seneca Animal Hospital features a full in-house laboratory, digital X-rays, and ultrasound. Each facet is useful in discovering different conditions and illnesses, so we use all three to get a complete, comprehensive view of your pet.
Laboratory Tests for a Deeper Understanding
Our complete in-house lab can run just about any test we need. It is particularly useful for the pre-anesthetic blood tests that we run just before a surgery to ensure your pet is in top condition for the procedure. We also use our lab to run routine blood screenings and parasite testing among other things. Some of the tests we run include:
- Complete blood count (CBCs)
- Blood chemistry panel
- Fecal tests (for parasites)
- Cytology (examination of skin cells)
- Heartworm tests
- Tick panel
- Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus tests
While we have all these capabilities in-house, sometimes we need to send samples to our outside lab. However, test results are not overly delayed—we generally have answers for you in 24 hours.
Digital X-Rays Reduce Radiation and Streamline Diagnosis
X-rays are a valuable pet diagnostics tool that allows us to evaluate the skeletal structure, joints, organs, and the abdominal cavity with clear, precise imaging. We use the latest digital X-ray technology that offers faster imaging results, a more detailed picture, and makes sharing your pet’s X-rays extremely easy. Digital X-rays help us diagnose many different conditions including:
- Bladder stones
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Kidney, heart or liver disease
- Intestinal blockages
- And more!
Ultrasonography with a Board-Certified Radiologist
At LSAH, we work with a board-certified radiologist who visits our practice with an ultrasound machine to perform expert ultrasounds when needed. Ultrasound uses sound waves that bounce off internal structures to create an image of your pet’s organs, bones, and joints. Rather than a still image like X-rays, ultrasound allows us to see live images of your pet’s internal workings. Our radiologist can observe joints in motion, lungs expanding, and organs functioning in real time and assess them for any abnormalities. Ultrasound is useful for examining:
- Kidneys and bladder
- Lymph nodes
- Abdominal cavity
- Heart (also known as an echocardiogram)
Have questions? Contact us today if you think your pet would benefit from our veterinary diagnostics technology and we’ll be happy to set you up with an appointment!