When it comes to curing sick pets, there are no lengths we wouldn’t go in making sure they receive the proper care they need. Physical examinations are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to diagnosing your pet. That is why Highland Animal Hospital has invested and constructed a cutting-edge in-house laboratory that gives us the full capabilities to provide you with on demand blood work results and advanced medical imaging
Most of the tests we recommend can be done during your dog or cat’s regular exam. These examinations are similar to the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It is a chance to assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes we see, and update you on advancements in veterinary care. It is also a chance for us to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We recommend an annual complete blood test for all pets to make sure your pet is healthy from nose to tail.
When more specific testing is deemed necessary, our doctors take advantage of a certified veterinary laboratory that utilizes the knowledge of board certified specialists in internal medicine, radiology, pathology, and hematology. We can also schedule these specialists to perform ultrasounds and electrocardiograms right here at our hospital to accommodate you.
Veterinary x-rays have become a powerful asset in the field of veterinary medicine. Our doctors now have the ability to capture clear images of your pet’s bones and internal organs and display them digitally on a screen. This allows us to manipulate these images and diagnose a variety of conditions more accurately and more efficiently than ever before.
Advantages of Digital X-Ray Technology:
- Digital X-rays can be easily shared with the pet owner, giving you more control of your pet’s veterinary care.
- Specialists can give a second opinion at unprecedented speeds due to the ease of sending digital files
- X-rays are now more efficient, meaning less images required and less time on the x-ray table for your pet
- There is no longer any need for film development, meaning less toxic chemicals exposed to the environment
Another major tool we use in diagnostics is ultrasound. This form of imagery allows us to view your pet’s internal organs, chest cavity, and abdomen without the strenuous process of sedation and surgery. For the majority of the time, this process takes less than an hour and your pet will be able to go home with you the very same day.
Advantages of Ultrasound Technology:
- The most effective diagnostic tool for identifying many types of heart disease
- Provides an assessment on the functionality and condition of your pet’s internal organs
- Identifies the cause and possible spread of bodily legions
- In situations where surgery is required, ultrasound assists our veterinarian when performing a biopsy or removal of a foreign object.
The ability to evaluate and test the performance of your pet’s internal processes is integral in any preventative wellness program. Are your pet’s major organs performing their vital functions? Is your pet suffering from internal parasites? Is the lump on your pet’s skin harmless?
Laboratory testing provides us with the answers to all of these questions and more, by giving us an overall assessment of your pet’s systems non-invasively. For this reason, our clinical team recommends testing when a potential health concern is identified and annually. This gives us the opportunity to detect and solve health issues sooner, which prevents pain and disease progression in your pet. Our doctors also perform testing prior to all procedures that demand anesthesia. Your pet’s health is our priority, so we take the precautions to prevent any potentially adverse reactions.
Our lab is equipped to perform urinalysis, parasite testing, fungal cultures, blood chemistry testing, and more. Oftentimes, we can share results with you in minutes.