Digital radiology (X‑rays)
Radiographs show the size and shape of the internal organs and bones. Our equipment is digital so it provides amazing detail and increased accuracy in your pet's diagnosis. Most of the time your pet will be able to lay on the X-ray table with mild assistance from our technicians. At times we may need to give your pet some sedation or pain relief medication to help it be more relaxed. Your pet's doctor will always discuss this with you first.
This is a non-invasive way of visualizing more detail of your pet's internal organs. Your pet is laid on its back on a foam bed and a small probe is glided across the surface of the skin. Images are transmitted from the probe onto a computer screen. For a full abdominal ultrasound we may need to shave your pet's belly area.
Your pet lays down on its right side while our assistants help it relax. Gentle clips are placed on the skin at the elbows and knees. These clips are attached to wires that connect to a small unit that measures the electrical activity of the heart. The unit then produces a graph that maps the electrical patterns of your pet's heart, which reveals potential heart problems such as an arrhythmia, missed heart beats, and heart enlargement.
Blood pressure measurement
Similar to humans, it is not possible to tell if your pet has high blood pressure just by looking at it. High blood pressure can cause problems with very important organs, such as the eyes, heart, and kidneys. Our staff is able to take blood pressure measurements with a blood pressure cuff, similar to how your own blood pressure is measured. The doctors evaluate the numbers to know if your pet's pressures are at a dangerous level.
In house laboratory for critical patients
If your pet is very ill, we may need to run tests in the hospital for same day results. We are equipped to run a multitude of different blood and urine tests to help determine the best treatment plan for your pet.
Tonometry (eye pressure testing)
A drop of a medication is placed in the pet's eye to help numb the cornea (surface of the eye). Then a pen-sized instrument is gently touched to the surface of the cornea to measure the pressure within the eye. High pressure in the eye is known as glaucoma. Low pressure in the eye is often caused by uveitis. Both high and low eye pressures can be associated with eye discomfort and may impact your pet's vision if not treated.
Schirmir tear testing
A small paper strip is inserted just inside the eyelid and wicks up the tears produced by your pet. This is used to determine if your pet is making the correct amount of tears to keep their eye moist, If there is abnormal tear production your pet may have dry eye, also known as KCS, which is a manageable condition if treated. If you notice your pet having any eye discharge or squinting we highly recommend having your pet examined as this condition can be very painful for your pet.