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Laboratory testing is a critical component of preventative veterinary care and crucial for diagnosing and treating illness. Without timely access to accurate laboratory tests, your veterinarian is severely limited when it comes to diagnosing everything from heartworm disease to cancer.
Additionally, the ability to conduct pre-surgical lab tests is very important for understanding if anesthesia poses a risk to your pet.
Springtown Veterinary Hospital has a complete in-house lab capable of providing timely and accurate results. In many cases, we are able to receive results within minutes.
Radiographs—also known as X-rays—are extremely helpful at identifying and diagnosing a number of medical conditions affecting your pet's lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, bladder, kidneys and other areas. Radiographs can detect cancerous tumors, bladder and kidney stones, foreign objects, and heartworm disease. Radiographs are also very important for helping diagnose and treat injuries such as bone fractures, joint injuries, and many other orthopedic conditions.
At Springtown Veterinary Hospital, we take digital radiographs instead of using tradional X-ray film. Not only does this prevent contamination of the environment with harsh chemicals and metals previously used during X-ray processing, it is also much safer for your pet. With digital radiographs, we can make necessary adjustments to the images after they have been collected. This allows us to take the images only once, preventing repeated X-ray exposure to your pet. We don't have to keep trying to get it perfect—we can use our original images and make them perfect later! Your pet's radiographs can now be stored digitally and even emailed to our veterinary radiologist for consultations.
X-rays are considered a noninvsive diagnostic test and we usually do not need to provide sedation for collection of radiograph images. However, if your pet is nervous even after being comforted by our skilled technicians, your pet's doctor may offer to provide a mild sedative to allow the experience to be a pleasant one. We are also able to take dental radiographs using a separate digital dental unit.
Video Otoscopy, also called Video Vetscope, is utilized to examine, diagnose, and treat ear problems. The Vetscope projects video onto a large computer screen, capturing images from the external ear canal and tympanic membrane (ear drum).
Ear problems are extremely common in pets. There are a variety of causes, including food allergy, seasonal allergy, and parasites. Secondary bacterial and yeast infections increase the severity of symptoms. The Video Vetscope allows effective cleaning of the deep ear canal. Medication can be infused into the middle and inner ear if needed.
High blood pressure can be just as dangerous for your pet as it is for you. High blood pressure—also known as hypertension—is far more common in pets than many people realize and can be associated with a number of serious illnesses such as kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and more. Being able to accurately measure and monitor your pet's blood pressure is also an important surgical concern.
Springtown Veterinary Hospital uses an ultrasonic Doppler blood pressure monitor specially designed to accurately measure and monitor blood pressure in companion animals. After your pet's blood pressure has been measured, your veterinarian will explain the results and provide treatment options if necessary. Your veterinarian will also discuss home care strategies to prevent hypertension in your pet as well as the signs and symptoms of hypertension.
The EKG, or ECG (Electrocardiogram) is a useful test for pets suffering from heart disease. It measures the electrical activity of the heart to detect any abnormal heart beats.
It is a safe, noninvasive procedure that uses clips (electrodes) placed on the skin over the chest and legs. ECG screening can detect heart disease, abnormal heart beats, or heart rhythm problems. ECG screening prior to anesthesia can help to minimize the risk of anesthesia and is recommended for pets of all ages.