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Veterinary Diagnostic Testing
Results in More Effective Treatment

Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital can do many tests to diagnose your pet’s health conditions and get the results for you with a short wait. Because our pets cannot speak to us in words when they have an illness or injury, being able to perform accurate diagnostic tests means that appropriate treatment for your pet can be started much more quickly. Early diagnosis and treatment can make an enormous difference in how your pet responds to treatment and contribute to his or her longevity and quality of life.

Laboratory Tests Benefit Your Pet

Blood tests are a major part of finding out what is wrong with your pet. They are especially valuable for pre-anesthetic testing if your pet is about to undergo surgery, as well as for evaluating your pet if there is an emergency. These tests provide you with peace of mind and give us important physiological information about your pet.

Performed at regular intervals during wellness exams, some of these tests will establish a baseline for your pet so that we can easily see if something is unusual during a later examination. Others will help us to know that a treatment should be initiated or if other tests need to be done.

Some of these include
  • Complete blood count
  • Blood chemistries
  • Heartworm test
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal analysis to detect internal parasites
  • Coagulation profiles
  • Electrolytes
  • Tests for specific diseases such as feline leukemia (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
  • Thyroid function
  • Cytology
  • Biopsy

Digital Radiography & X-ray Images of Your Pet

Sometimes we are unable to determine from a hands-on examination what may be troubling your pet. Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital uses state-of-the-art noninvasive digital radiology to help diagnose many pet illnesses and injuries. The specialists we work with, board-certified radiologists, are available to read our X-rays to ensure accuracy.

A radiograph can be made of any part of the body. Digital radiography uses less radiation and, because it doesn’t use old-style photographic film, the results are available quickly. The image is captured digitally and can easily be manipulated to enhance detail. Digital x-rays are simple to transmit electronically if we need the assistance of a specialist or another set of eyes.

X-rays help our veterinarians evaluate:
  • Musculo-skeletal system for bone and muscle disorders
  • Tooth, jaw, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems
  • Cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive system problems
  • Reproductive organs
  • Urinary system

We are experienced in doing radiographs on pocket pets and small mammals as well as cats and dogs.

Ultrasound Imaging Helps Diagnose Pet Problems

Ultrasound is an advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technique that is painless and noninvasive. Using sound waves, a computer image is generated that helps us to evaluate the internal structure of organs and abnormal lesions.

In the abdomen, diagnostic ultrasound is especially valuable for imaging the:

  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Gall bladder
  • Kidneys
  • Lymph nodes
  • Adrenal glands
  • Urinary bladder

In the chest, diagnostic ultrasound is useful to look for tumors, fluid, and evaluation of the heart. It is very useful for pregnancy evaluations. In addition, we also use ultrasound to guide us in diagnostic procedures such as urine collection and the biopsy of internal organs and tumors.