Diagnostic Services

In-House Laboratory

In-House LaboratoryA pet that appears healthy can sometimes be hiding the early signs of disease. Routine blood testing helps your veterinarian learn things about your pet's health that cannot be spotted during routine physical examinations.

We are equipped with sophisticated instruments that allow us to measure many laboratory values. As a complement to our regular laboratory services, our in-house diagnostic capabilities allow us to get results pre-surgically, or in an emergency, within minutes.

Our extensive laboratory services provide information that is critical to the sick or injured pet. We have access both in-house and at our centralized reference laboratory to extensive diagnostic testing allowing animals to receive appropriate treatment in a timely manner. Our laboratory is capable of processing a number of blood tests, including cortisol levels, thyroid levels, electrolytes, blood gases, organ profiles, complete blood counts and many more. We also process pre-anesthetic blood tests, which are a necessary step before your pet undergoes surgery.

Radiology

RadiologyX-rays are useful in evaluating a number of areas of your pet's body, including bones, lungs, the heart, abdomen and oral cavity. We are equipped with the most sophisticated digital radiography equipment available, which enables our hospital to take high-quality, digital x-rays of your pet in under a minute. Additionally, digital imaging allows for computer manipulation enabling the veterinarian to focus in on specific areas in the x-ray and do precise calculations if needed. Digital radiographs are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical problems and have many advantages over the older "film" methodology.

The advantage to digital radiology is that the time spent taking your pets' radiographs is significantly shorter, and fewer pictures need to be taken to achieve a perfect result. This means a lot less stress for your pet, making their experience here much more pleasant! Pictures can then be e-mailed to a specialist in veterinary radiology, making consults much easier and faster.

Ultrasound 3D/4D

Ultrasound 3D/4DUltrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet’s body.

It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, bladder scans and other areas such as the thyroid glands, testicles and mammary glands.

Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet’s body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

All Creatures Veterinary Care Center uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technologies and is up-to-date on ultrasound assisted procedures. For more complicated ultrasound procedures we work with a board certified ultrasonographer that comes to our hospital to perform specialized studies.

Video Endoscopy

Video EndoscopyVeterinary endoscopy aids in the diagnosis and treatment of problems occurring in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. An endoscope allows a more complete examination of the esophagus, stomach, and some areas of the intestines in order to diagnose gastrointestinal disorders, cancerous growths, polyps, and other problems.

The endoscope is also useful in obtaining samples of potentially infected or cancerous material and serves as the visual aid during a biopsy, allowing the doctor to obtain the best sample for evaluation. This helps diagnose malignancies in the gastrointestinal tract as well as gastrointestinal disorders like Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

The endoscope also aids in the removal of foreign bodies. Animals often swallow objects that cannot be digested or passed through the digestive tract. The endoscope allows better vision of the digestive tract so these objects may be removed without major surgery.

Video Otoscopy

Video OtoscopyThis type of scope allows your veterinarian to examine your pet’s ears for mites, infections, hair balls and other foreign objects lodged in the ear, as well as damage to the ear canal and ear drum. Checking the health of the ear drum also provides important information as to the health of the middle ear, which is where the mechanisms for hearing and balance are located. An otoscope also allows your veterinarian to flush and remove any infectious material from your pet’s ears.

All Creatures Veterinary Care Center utilizes a computerized video otoscope in order to perform ear exams, diagnose diseases and treat external and middle ear problems. Middle ear surgery, as well as external ear canal cleaning, is also performed more accurately with the help of the video otoscope.

Video Rhinoscopy

Rhinoscopy is the exploration of the nasal passages and the back of the throat with a very small rigid endoscope. The scope used for this procedure is 1-2mm in diameter and 18 inches long. Using this instrument allows the veterinarian to explore the entire nasal passage of all dogs and most cats.

The nasal cavity contains multiple small passages which are often beds to infection and tumors. Through rhinoscopy, the veterinarian can take accurate biopsies, remove foreign objects, control bleeding from ruptured vessels, and perform many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.