Whether your pet is currently healthy or sick, a physical examination only gives us part of the story about their condition. At Animal Care of Greenville, we use our in-house diagnostics to go more in-depth and get the bigger picture so we can treat your dog or cat appropriately. With a physical exam, we can only determine your pet’s health status by what we see on the outside. Adding laboratory tests and/or X-rays into the mix provides us with far more information about any issues that are brewing beneath the surface.
Does your pet need a heartworm test? Do they seem under the weather?
Understanding Your Pet’s Health with Our In-House Lab
Blood tests are just as essential for dogs and cats as they are for us humans. A small blood sample contains a lot of information for our veterinary team to evaluate, and be the key to finding the right treatment for your pet. In addition, we can perform fecal, urine, and skin testing in house, too.
Some of the tests we perform regularly at our hospital include:
- Heartworm testing
- Tick-borne disease testing
- CBC (complete blood cell count)
- Blood chemistry panels
- Fecal exam
- Cytology (skin tests)
We recommend annual testing for heartworm disease, tick-borne diseases, and intestinal parasites to make sure your dog or cat is staying healthy.
Using Digital Radiography to Better Visualize the Bones and Organs
Animal Care of Greenville uses digital X-ray to get a better visual of your pet’s bones, joints, heart, and lungs. Unlike film X-ray, digital X-ray exposes your pet to far less radiation and produces sharper, clearer images of their internal systems. These procedures also tend to go more quickly, as they require fewer retakes and less re-positioning to get a better image. We can also send files containing your pet’s X-rays to outside specialists if necessary.
Digital X-ray is ideal for detecting and diagnosing:
- Bone fractures
- Inflamed joints
- Tumors (depending on where they are located)
- Foreign bodies in the stomach or intestine
- Heart and lung diseases
- Bone deformities