When a standard physical exam isn’t enough to determine a pet’s health condition, we rely on advanced diagnostics for an “inside look.” All Creatures Veterinary Clinic & Lodge in Rittman, OH, offers in-house laboratory services as well as CT scan, digital radiology, and ultrasound diagnostic services. With these technology options, we can more effectively diagnose and treat a variety of health problems in dogs, cats, and other pets.
In-house Laboratory Services
For your convenience and that of your pet, we perform laboratory testing here in our clinic. Even if your pet appears healthy on the outside, the results of a lab test can help us detect the early stages of a disease or other condition before symptoms begin. Two of the most common laboratory tests we perform are intestinal parasite screenings and blood tests.
An intestinal parasite screening (fecal exam) involves examining the stool to detect the presence of hookworms, roundworms, and other parasites. A blood test helps determine the status of the liver, pancreas, and other internal organs to detect conditions like anemia and infections. Heartworm disease is another condition that can be detected with a blood test.
We use digital radiology (X-rays) to examine a pet internally, including the muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems. It can also be used to detect foreign bodies. This diagnostic technology is both safe and painless for pets, but it provides a number of benefits for the All Creatures Veterinary Clinic & Lodge team. With our X-ray unit, clear, detailed images can be produced within seconds and be shared digitally if necessary.
Ultrasounds for Pets
Just as with humans, ultrasound technology in the veterinary industry involves examining the internal structures of the body by recording the echoes of ultrasonic waves. We use ultrasound technology to safely examine your pet’s internal organs and detect pregnancy.
Pet CT Scan
We use CT (computed tomography) technology to examine a pet’s brain or spine. A CT scan involves sending X-ray beams through the body to create images of the body. These images are colorized in white, gray, and black to detect abnormal tissue. We recommend CT scans for patients with neurological disorders, such as seizures.
If you think your pet is in need of advanced diagnostic care, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to help.