A physical wellness exam is an excellent means of preventive care for your pet, but it’s not always enough if symptoms are present. That’s why we rely on advanced diagnostic equipment and testing for a more in-depth internal examination of your pet. As always, we make your pet’s health and safety our first priority. Shawsheen Animal Hospital’s diagnostic services include:
- X-rays (Radiographs)
X-rays allow us to examine your pet’s bones, heart, lungs, and abdomen and can detect fractures, foreign bodies, and several other conditions. Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology, so results are immediate, much clearer, and we can easily be 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 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. 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. Abdominal and cardiac ultrasound services are available at our hospital via traveling board-certified specialists who routinely visit our practice.
- On-Site Laboratory
While our diagnostic imaging services help us detect physical conditions, our in-house laboratory helps us immediately establish baseline health for your pet as well as detect diseases and other illnesses using blood, urine, and fecal samples. We also perform pre-anesthetic blood work on animals undergoing surgery. We utilize a reference laboratory to complement our in-house services so we can offer a wider and more comprehensive range of wellness and non-routine testing.