At American Animal Hospital, we have the capability of performing a wide range of tests in the hospital to assist our veterinarians in determining the cause of your pet’s illness. We also have access to board certified Internal Medicine, Neurologist, Dermatologist, Surgeon (both soft tissue and orthopedic), and Oncologists should the need arise.
In-House Laboratory Testing
Having the ability to run a large amount of blood work inside the hospital allows us to have results in minutes verses days. We are equipped to run CBC (complete blood counts), all major body organ functions, check for heartworm and tick borne diseases, fecal analysis, and urinalysis. We also work with an outside animal laboratory with provides us with in-depth or more complex testing with a turnaround time typically less than 24 hours.
Just like with human doctors, x-rays help our veterinarians evaluate musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems. By having our x-ray machine on site and access to a board certified radiologist, we can diagnose conditions in a timely manner. We have invested in a state-of-the art x-ray machine that does not pollute the environment with harsh chemicals, develops in an instant, and use far less radiation than traditional x-ray. All radiographs are now a digital image and can be easily emailed to any specialist around the world if the need arises.
Digital Dental Radiographs
Just as dental radiographs are an important part of our routine cleanings, they are the same for your pet’s dental health as well! Dental radiographs allow us to see the extent of a fractured tooth, bone loss, or periodontal disease that may not be visible during a routine oral exam. We recommend preventive dental cleanings which much less invasive and costly then waiting until your pet has a problem.
At American Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves of not only having advanced diagnostic equipment but also having expertly trained staff. Dr. Ammeraal is not only one of our amazing veterinarians, but he also performs all of our abdominal ultrasounds and collectively works with a board certified Radiologist to diagnose and set up any treatments your pet may need. Ultrasound is non-invasive, non-painful, and the scan only lasts about 15 minutes. Ultrasound is great to evaluate the kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas, urinary bladder and urethra, adrenal glands, stomach, gall bladder, intestines, lymph nodes, as well as all blood vessels. And just like in humans, ultrasound can detect pregnancy very early on!