Veterinary Diagnostic Services for Your Pet

Ultrasound

Veterinary Diagnostic Services for Your PetPitts Veterinary Hospital uses modern ultrasound technologies and is up-to-date on the latest ultrasound assisted procedures.

Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body.

It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart function, bladder scans and other areas such as the thyroid glands, testicles and mammary glands.

Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

Otoscopy

An examination of your pet's ears with an otoscope is an important part of your pet's regular wellness checkups and an important diagnostic tool. During your pet's lifetime, he or she may develop a number of painful and sometimes dangerous conditions in their ears. These can include ear mites, infections, and foreign objects lodged in the ear, as well as damage to the ear canal and ear drum. Allergies can also cause chronic or recurring inflammation leading to fungal and bacterial infections.

By looking into the ear with an otoscope, your veterinarian is able to look for signs of infection, ear mites, foreign objects, and any other indications of underlying disease in or around the ear. Your veterinarian is also able to check the health of the ear drum, which can provide important information as to the health of the middle ear. This is where the mechanisms for hearing and balance are located.

An otoscopic examination takes only a few moments and does not cause any pain or discomfort to your pet. Once completed, your veterinarian will discuss with you the health of your pet's ears as well as any treatment options if necessary. Your veterinarian will also provide you with information on the signs and symptoms that may indicate an issue with your pet's ears as well as instructions for proper ear care at home.

Pitts Veterinary Hospital is also equipped with a Video Otoscopy unit. The video otoscope allows us to look deep into the ear canal to help visualize and diagnose chronic ear problems. This procedure requires that your animal be sedated.

Radiographs

Veterinary Diagnostic Services for Your PetRadiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.

For these reasons, Pitts Veterinary Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology. Our digital radiography makes it easy to provide you with a CD of your animal's radiographs upon request. A copy of the radiographs can also be mailed to a referral specialist for a second opinion if necessary.

We are also able to take radiographs of canine hips and/or elbows to render an opinion or to be submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation of America for certification. These radiographs must be taken under sedation in order for us to get the best view possible. For certification, OFA requires that your dog be no less than 2 years of age and must have permanent identification (microchip or tattoo). If you have questions regarding this process, please call our office at 423-4120.

Our Veterinary Lab

Veterinary Diagnostic Services for Your PetPerforming preventive medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

At Pitts Veterinary Hospital we have a complete in-house laboratory capable of performing studies for infectious disease, parasites, blood chemistries, and urinalysis. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.

We also are partnered with a veterinary specialty lab in order to extend our diagnostic capabilities.

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