Pet Diagnostics

Diagnostic care is an important component of detecting and treating illnesses and other conditions in pets. Angel Animal Hospital is fully equipped with diagnostic equipment, allowing us to perform in-house digital pet X-Rays and in-house laboratory testing. We also have the option for extensive outside laboratory services as needed, in addition to mobile ultrasounds via a local traveling veterinarian. With our in-house diagnostic capabilities, we can detect problems—or the risk of developing problems—faster and treat or prevent them more effectively.

Digital Pet X-rays

Digital radiography (X-rays) is one of the most common diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine, as it allows doctors to safely examine pets internally. Our digital pet X-ray unit is used to examine the bones, heart, abdominal area, and other areas of a pet’s body. We also have a digital dental X-ray unit to examine the oral cavity. Some of the conditions that can be diagnosed using digital X-ray technology include fractures, foreign bodies, gum disease, and heart problems. When compared to film radiography, digital radiography results in the following benefits:

  • X-ray images are produced in a matter of seconds
  • Images can be quickly, easily displayed on a monitor
  • No need for harmful chemicals for image production
  • Better image quality and clarity
  • Ability to enhance images to show detail
  • Images can be easily emailed digitally, if necessary

 

In-house Laboratory

ultrasoundOur in-house laboratory allows us to perform tests on three categories of pets: those that are ill, those that will undergo surgery, and those that are healthy. There are many conditions that can only be diagnosed with the results of a blood and/or urine test, such as diabetes and heartworm disease. If a pet shows physical signs of an illness, we typically recommend laboratory work to either confirm or rule out certain conditions. For pre-surgical patients, we recommend blood testing to ensure that the pet is healthy enough for anesthesia. Lastly, for healthy pets, we may recommend laboratory work to establish a wellness profile. We may also recommend a senior blood panel for pets over the age of 7.