Pet Diagnostic Services
A physical wellness exam is an excellent means of preventive care for your pet, but it’s not always enough, if an illness is present. That’s why veterinarians like the ones at Shawsheen Animal Hospital rely on advanced diagnostic services, including X-rays, ultrasound, in-house laboratory services, and send-out reference laboratory services. These services allow for an internal examination of your pet and aid in a number of diagnoses. Just as with the other services we offer, we make your pet’s health and safety the #1 priority at our hospital with all of our diagnostic services.
Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology, which allows us to examine your pet’s bones, heart, lungs, and abdomen. An X-ray can detect fractures, foreign bodies, and several other conditions, and it’s one of the most common veterinary diagnostic exams. Because our X-rays are digital, they provide several benefits for you, your pet, and our doctors. One benefit is that the images can be produced much faster than film, and they are much clearer. They can also be easily enhanced and emailed to a cardiac, orthopedic, or internal medicine specialist for immediate consults, if necessary. All X-rays are read and interpreted by a a board-certified radiologist.
Ultrasound is a form of diagnostic imaging technology that’s used to evaluate a pet’s internal organs in real time using sound waves. It can also determine the shape, size, and internal structure of the organs. Ultrasound can be used to detect several conditions, including masses, tumors, underlying heart conditions and pregnancy. Echocardiograms (cardiac ultrasounds) allow veterinarians to see inside a patient’s heart. An echo is warranted when there is suspicion of congenital or acquired heart disease. In many cases, an ultrasound can be combined with X-rays for a more accurate diagnosis. Abdominal and cardiac ultrasound services are available at our hospital via traveling board-certified specialists who routinely visit our practice.
While our diagnostic imaging services help us detect physical conditions, laboratory work helps us detect diseases and other illnesses. For healthy pets, it serves as a baseline for future wellness visits. Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform several tests, including blood work and urinalyses. With rapid results, we can better diagnose conditions which may require immediate attention. We also perform pre-anesthetic blood work on animals undergoing surgery. We utilize a reference laboratory to complement our in-house laboratory so we can offer a wider and more comprehensive range of wellness and non-routine testing.
If you’re looking for a place where your pet can receive preventive veterinary care, blood work, and/or any other diagnostic test in Tewskbury, all under one roof, let us know!
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work
In simple terms, pre-anesthetic blood work is the preliminary testing we perform on pets before putting them under anesthesia or taking them into surgery. These tests enable us to measure certain values and look for signs of a problem, so we can alter our anesthesia protocol accordingly.
The benefit of running pre-anesthetic blood work is that it can help us avoid putting your pet at risk if they have an underlying condition. It also allows us to evaluate their organ function and obtain information regarding the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, electrolytes and blood platelets.
Wellness Blood Work
Wellness blood work involves checking various values to establish a baseline of health and reference point for future appointments. Such testing includes a complete blood cell count (CBC) and blood chemistry. The CBC test provides us with a cell count for the red and white blood cells, and platelets. It can help us detect signs of anemia, leukemia, and various immune disorders. The blood chemistry panel helps us check electrolyte balance and diagnose diseases of the liver, kidneys and pancreas.
These tests give us a general picture of your pet’s overall health, and may also serve as a starting point for further testing if a problem is detected.