Diagnostic Services

PetCura Animal HospitalDigital Radiographs

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common, useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At PetCura Animal Hospital, we use X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know.

To provide you with the highest-quality veterinary care for your pet, PetCura Animal Hospital has invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

Dr. Mann considers advanced diagnostic capabilities an extremely important part of veterinary medicine – especially since we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our animal hospital’s commitment to provide your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure we use to evaluate your pet’s internal organs. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet’s organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.

At PetCura Animal Hospital, we use ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet’s abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), and diagnose pregnancy. Ultrasound can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies. The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment, minimizing your worry and stress. It’s simply another of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet’s health.

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Abdominal Ultrasound

One of the most important uses for ultrasound technology at PetCura Animal Hospital is to observe your pet’s abdominal organs, including the liver, stomach, spleen, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, uterus, and prostate.

The images produced allow Dr. Mann to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet’s abdominal organs, as well as identify masses, tumors, and abnormal lymph nodes.

Echocardiography

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your pet’s heart. Echocardiography is a standard, non-invasive technique for assessing cardiac anatomy and function and diagnosing many types of heart problems. Because the heart is a complex organ, animals can suffer from a wide variety of heart diseases.

For moving organs like the heart, an echocardiogram is a valuable diagnostic tool. Ultrasound allows us to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and best treatment options for your pet.

Echocardiography is a safe, painless procedure and generally takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete. It’s one way we fulfill our promise to help your pet live the longest, healthiest life possible.

PetCura Animal HospitalOur In-House Medical and Diagnostic Laboratory

Because protecting your pet’s health is our most important job, we have a complete in-house diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform a wide range of tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. We utilize a variety of advanced technology to conduct thorough diagnostic testing, including an Idexx Laboratories Catalyst DX Chemistry Analyzer, a SNAPshot DX, and a Laser Cyte DX.

Without timely access to precise test results, it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health. Test results can also help us in the early detection of diseases and other conditions affecting your pet’s health and well-being.

For example, diagnostic testing can detect Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional diseases and conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Blood testing can show early evidence of diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Diagnostic laboratory testing is also completed prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia.

Laboratory testing provides information about your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. Thanks to our in-house diagnostic laboratory, we can deliver your pet’s test results quickly – often within a few minutes – minimizing the time you wait for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.