A nose-to-tail physical examination of your pet can tell us a lot of things about their health, but it cannot always show us the bigger picture. When we need to see what is going on with their bones and other internal structures, we have to go a step further and utilize our pet diagnostics capabilities. At Windy Hill Veterinary Hospital, diagnostics are crucial for the detection of tumors, bone fractures, parasite infestations, and more. Our facility here in Smyrna possesses advanced equipment for obtaining the most accurate results with great efficiency.
Diagnostic Services We Offer
We can detect a variety of abnormalities and conditions in pets with our state-of-the-art diagnostics technology. Our pet diagnostics services include:
- In-house laboratory testing
- Outside reference laboratory
- Digital X-ray
- Dental X-ray
- Electrocardiography (EKG)
Whether your pet requires pre-surgical testing, has an underlying illness or seems injured, our imaging and laboratory tools can help us find answers and identify the appropriate course of treatment.
With our in-house diagnostics lab, we can run a variety of tests on blood, urine, and fecal matter and obtain those results within 20 minutes. Tests we can perform include CBC (complete blood count), blood chemistry, urinalysis, fecal flotation, heartworm test, and the feline leukemia/AIDS test. For more complex testing, we send samples out to IDEXX laboratories. Results for these tests take about 24 hours.
Digital X-Ray & Ultrasound
Compared to film X-ray, digital X-ray images are much clearer and go further in helping us study the condition of your pet’s musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems. This technology also enables us to produce images more quickly and even share them via email to outside specialists if necessary.
Ultrasound involves the use of soundwave echoes to develop images of the body’s internal structures, including the heart and abdominal organs. Like X-ray, this procedure is completely non-invasive and painless. Ultrasound can help us detect tumors, monitor pregnancies, and evaluate the condition of organs by studying their shape, texture, and function.
To detect or monitor conditions such as heart disease, electrocardiography (EKG) allows us to evaluate the heart’s electrical activity via the attachment of electrodes over a period of time. As with digital X-ray and ultrasound, EKG is non-invasive and painless. Electrocardiograms usually take only a few minutes, and pets do not need to be sedated for the procedure.
Please contact us at (770) 333-9030 if you have any questions about our pet diagnostics services here in Smyrna or if you would like to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!