At Rea Road Animal Hospital, we are proud to provide our patients with modern digital x-ray technology. X-rays are helpful for diagnosing conditions of the musculoskeletal system, such as structural abnormalities, bone fractures, tumors, and more.
Our hospital uses digital x-rays, which take significantly less time, meaning your pet is exposed to less radiation. Digital x-rays also help our veterinarians make accurate decisions because of the high-quality images they provide, and these images can easily be shared electronically with pet owners and specialists.
Even more important than the modern tools we use are the highly-trained professionals we have to decipher the x-ray images. By using the most advanced technology and expertise of our staff, we ensure our team is making the most scientific and accurate decisions to find solutions for your pet’s medical concerns.
Ultrasound technology is used to get a better look at your pet’s internal organs, including the joints, muscles, and tendons, and can be helpful in identifying tumors, cysts, and heart conditions. In the past few decades, ultrasound technology has revolutionized veterinary medicine and is a safe, noninvasive procedure to identify concerns with your pet’s health.
During an ultrasound procedure, a veterinary technician will place a cooling gel on the area of interest, and will sometimes need to shave excess fur in order to produce an accurate image. Once the ultrasound is set up, you can view a real-time video of your pet’s internal structures. After the ultrasound, our team will determine next steps, if needed, to help solve your pet’s health issues.
At Rea Road Hospital, we are proud to offer an in-house diagnostic laboratory for your pet’s health needs. Instead of sending lab tests to reference laboratories for analysis, our in-house laboratory allows our team to quickly test urine, fecal, and blood samples with accuracy. In addition, we are able to monitor every step of the testing process and interpret test results faster.
Common diagnostic tests our medical team may recommend include:
Once we recommend diagnostic testing, our team will discuss in detail the reasons for the tests and will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. The following tests are helpful in giving our staff information that cannot be gained from a physical exam.
Blood Chemistry Panel: Series of tests created to provide information about a specific organ system such as the liver or kidneys.
Complete Blood Count: Counts the ratio of red and white blood cells in the bloodstream, and can help diagnose anemia, inflammation, infection, and blood clotting functions.
Thyroid Tests: A thyroid gland controls metabolism and energy. Thyroid disorders are common among senior pets, and will be detected from a thyroid test.
Electrolytes Testing: Electrolytes testing helps diagnose dehydration and provides helpful information about vital salts in the body.
Urinalysis: A test performed on a urine sample, a urinalysis can determine kidney problems and urinary tract infections. This is considered a routine test for pets.
Fecal Tests: Fecal tests are primarily used to check for intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. We recommend bringing a fresh stool sample with you to your pet’s annual check-up, so we can ensure your pet is free of intestinal parasites.
Allergies and dermatological issues can make your pet feel miserable, irritated, and uncomfortable without treatment. Our highly experienced team at Rea Road Animal Hospital is clinically trained in the diagnosis of dermatological conditions that may affect your pets’ coat, skin, ears, eyes, and feet. Unfortunately, many chronic issues require long-term treatment, therefore having a communicative and comfortable relationship with your veterinarian is important.
Our goal is to accurately diagnose the allergen or dermatological issue, and provide relief to your pet. We must first find the cause of irritation by conducting a physical exam on the pet. In addition, we may need more information from the owner, allergy tests, blood tests, or a combination of these options.
Some signs that may indicate your pet is suffering from a dermatological condition include:
One of the most common dermatological conditions that pets may face are allergies. Our clinical team is expertly trained in administering allergy tests in order to diagnose and provide relief to pets. An allergy test entails shaving an area of the pets’ body and carefully exposing the skin to certain allergens in order to determine their effect. This will help our team better understand the condition, and will allow us to administer appropriate treatment.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure which accesses your pet’s gastrointestinal tract in order to diagnose conditions such as gastrointestinal lymphoma, cancers, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), foreign body ingestion, and more. The endoscope is a flexible tube with a camera attached allowing the veterinarian to observe the condition of esophogus, stomach, and intestines. The endoscope is also capable of taking a biopsy which helps in further diagnosing GI tract issues.
A great alternative to surgery, the benefits of endoscopies include less pain and recovery time, no incisions, and less anesthesia used. Many times, the use of an endoscope can eliminate the need for surgery entirely. To prepare your pet for endoscopy, we recommend fasting for 12-36 hours (depending on the procedure) so that food is not blocking the endoscope. Your veterinarian will be able to provide an accurate time frame based on the case.
Once the endoscopy procedure is completed, your pet will have no incisions but may experience some discomfort. We recommend keeping your pet as comfortable as you can with plenty of rest in a familiar setting until they feel better.