Pet Ultrasaound, X-ray, Laboratory, and other Diagnostic Tools
Archdale Animal Clinic offers several types of diagnostics for your pets. Our diagnostic tools are crucial for maintaining pet health, treating pets that may be sick or injured, and preventing pet disease.
Diagnostic tools also help us with dental care and procedures as well as soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries.
The tools we have in-house for complete pet diagnostics are:
- Digital X-rays
- In-House Laboratory
Our digital X-ray machine is far more efficient and reliable than traditional film X-rays. Images are available in only a few minutes and using significantly less radiation. They take crisp images quickly, requiring less time for your pet to be on the X-ray table.
Sometimes, we may require an ultrasound exam for your pet. An ultrasound allows veterinarians to study and observe your pet’s vital organs, such as the liver, kidneys, bladder, and heart to ultimately determine if they are functioning properly. By emitting high-frequency soundwaves, our ultrasound equipment can create a moving, real-time image of the internal organs.
Ultrasound is highly beneficial in cases where we suspect heart disease, pregnancy, cancer, gallbladder disease, gastrointestinal problems and liver disease. Like X-ray, this procedure is painless, drug-free and non-invasive, and sedation should not be necessary. Ultrasounds can save pet’s lives due to their accuracy, which is why we use advanced veterinary ultrasound equipment at our veterinary clinic.
An electrocardiogram records electrical signals produced by your pet's heart. Electrocardiography involves placing electrodes on your pet and measuring the electrical activity of their heart. Issues we look for are hypertension, heart failures, heart arrhythmias, valve disorders, and cardiomyopathies (both dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).
If necessary, our veterinarians may refer your pet to a veterinary cardiologist for more advanced cardiology issues.
When your pet's eyes are checked during an exam, any negative findings may warrant another look via our tonometry service. Using a tonopen, our veterinarians can measure and calculate the pressure of the fluid within the eye. This is very important for any pet with a suspected diseases of the eye, such as glaucoma or cataracts.
If your pet has red, irritated eyes or has suffered a recent head or eye trauma, please bring them in for additional eye screening.
With our complete in-house laboratory, you won't waste any time waiting for test results. Our laboratory provides accurate analysis of tests done for both routine health as well as emergencies.
OFA stands for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. For breeds of dogs that are prone to deformities like hip dysplasia, having x-rays taken of your dog's hips for a closure look at the structure can provide a plan of action for those affected or peace of mind if not.