Within our clinic we use a wide variety of tools to help us figure out what is going on with your sick pet. Some of these diagnostic tools can be used for preventative health checks as well.
This piece of equipment is used for looking a little closer at internal organs without having to preform surgery on your furry friend. it is a little more detailed then an x-ray.
X-Rays (Radiographs) are typically used to see broken bones and possible blockages. X-Rays are usually used when close detail is not needed to see the problem but you can't see it with the naked eye.
Blood work is used to diagnose possible issues that imaging cannot show for example your pet may have poor liver function which is something you wouldn't be able to see with an Ultrasound or an X-Ray.
Image 1: Blood rocker (keeps certain samples from clotting so they can be analyzed)
Image 2: Catalyst (tests enzyme levels and based on highs and low can determine proper organ function)
Image 3: Procyte ( Checks the types and sizes of cells in patients blood)
Image 4: Snapshot ( Uses special snap tests to check for certain diseases and antibodies)
Image 5: Statspin ( Spins small green blood tubes to seperate red blood cells from plasma)
The tonopen is used to test the pressure levels in your pets eye. This can inform us of diseases such as glaucoma. Other times we recommend doing it to know what your pets baseline pressures are.
Shirmer Tear Test
This test is preformed to check tear production levels in your pets eyes. Eyes that do not produce enough tears can pose problems such as dry eye and in which case we can supplement a lubricant for their eyes.
We use fecals to screen for parasites mostly however, there is other tests that we use stool samples to test for other parasites such as Giardia (aka Beaver Fever) as well as Parvovirus.
Just like you and I our pets can get urinary tract infections. If you see any signs of an infection present get your pet in to see the vet and try your best to bring a pee sample so we can analyze it and see what the source of the infection is.