X-rays are one of the most useful techniques available for diagnosing your pet's problem quickly and efficiently. By providing a snapshot of your pet's body and organs, x-rays can aid in the diagnosis of orthopedic problems such as fractures and hip dysplasia, as well as arthritic changes in bones and joints. X-rays are also used to view the heart, lungs and abdomen, allowing for the diagnosis of heart disease, bladder stones, tumors and other health problems. We are equipped with the latest radiographic technology and our highly skilled technicians are well-trained in using radiographic equipment.
Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet's organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health.
At Park Animal Hospital, we use ultrasound to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies. The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment, minimizing your worry and stress.
When performing wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what our veterinarians can't see is as important, if not more important, than what they can. At Park Animal Hospital, our complete, state-of-the art diagnostic laboratory allows us to measure almost 100 laboratory values, with results often available in a few minutes. This comprehensive laboratory testing provides information about your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive, expensive procedures. We also work with several outside laboratories should your pet require specialized testing.
Our in-house diagnostic laboratory allows us to perform blood-chemistry panels, complete blood counts, Heartworm and tick-borne disease testing, urinalysis, urine cultures, cytology and more. Without timely access to these test results, it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.