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 resulted in minutes versus 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 a 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 than waiting until your pet has a problem.
Just like with humans, our pets needs change over time as they get older. All of us at American Animal Hospital want to keep your pet as happy and healthy as possible well into their golden years. We are big proponents of preventive wellness care which and that doesn’t change just because a pet is older than 7. Our focus just shifts slightly and visits are recommended more frequent in order to catch an age-related issue before it becomes a real problem. Our senior care programs are designed around wellness visits now twice a year instead of just once for younger pets. These visits will still have a comprehensive physical exam but will be coupled with blood tests that will evaluate how well the liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, gallbladder, as well as a complete blood count (CBC) that will evaluate the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Depending on how your pet is feeling and the results of the blood tests, your veterinarian could also recommend a urinalysis, chest or abdominal radiographs, ultrasound, or blood pressure tests. But don’t worry as your veterinarian will be communicating the results with you and developing a plan to keep your pet well long through their senior years.
Be sure to tell your veterinarian if you have noticed any changes in your pet such as:
- Activity level
- Appetite level
- Weight changes
- Having trouble getting up or down