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
Our 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.