Diagnostic tests are essential to maintaining optimal pet health. NOVA Pets Health Center has an in-house laboratory fully equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment so we diagnose and treat your pet accurately the first time, and every time. We offer a variety of in-house diagnostic tests including:
Our pets can’t tell us when they are feeling ill. Oftentimes, an emerging disease may not display any clinical signs until it has advanced into a more serious issue. Blood work collected during a pet exam allows our veterinarian to determine if your pet has certain diseases including (but not limited to) diabetes, kidney failure, liver failure, and thyroid disease. Staying up to date with your pet’s routine exams allows our veterinarian to detect serious diseases early, thus before it progresses to critical stage where treatment is no longer an option.
Fecal exams, or fecal floatation tests, are performed to ensure your pet has no intestinal parasites. The majority of intestinal parasite infections are asymptomatic, that is, they show no symptoms. However, when clinical signs do occur, diarrhea and weight loss are most common. Parasites are most common in young pets.
An Urinalysis is a simple urine test that provides valuable information pertaining to the health and wellbeing of your pet. Urinalysis tests provide a complete assessment of the kidneys and urinary system and can also identify potential issues occurring in other vital organs as well as detecting the presence of metabolic diseases such as diabetes, renal insufficiency, and urinary tract infections. When performed in conjunction with a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Chemistry Panel, our veterinarian is able to see “the big picture” of what’s occurring inside your pet’s body.
Digital X-Rays (Radiographs):
Radiographs (x-rays) represent the two-dimensional image of your pet’s insides and are useful tools in allowing veterinarians to evaluate the conditions of your pet’s internal structures such as their bones and major organs. X-rays taken of the thorax (chest) provide information on the shape and size of the heart, the heart’s great vessels, and the lungs. Abdominal x-rays show us an outline of many organs including the stomach, liver, kidneys and bladder.
An ultrasound provides a 3 dimension image of your pet’s soft tissues such as liver, kidneys, urinary bladder, spleen, etc. It shows important information pertaining to these organs such as size, shape, texture, blood supply. Ultrasounds can serve as an excellent tool to examine cancerous masses. By using some of the socialized functions of a ultrasound machine like the “Doppler,” our veterinarian can hone in on the mass and determine a variety of useful information including its growth pattern, the prognosis of surgery, whether the tumor is cancerous, or whether the mass has spread to other organs.
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