Why might my pet need advanced diagnostic testing?
Advanced diagnostic testing is typically recommended for pets who we suspect may have a disease, injury, or other medical condition. For example, if one of our veterinarians detects an abnormality during your pet’s physical exam, or you have noticed your pet acting ill, we may recommend in-house diagnostics to evaluate their overall health. We may also recommend reference laboratory diagnostics to gain more information or screen for a specific disease. Digital X-rays can help us diagnose a variety of conditions, from orthopedic injuries to intestinal obstructions, and may be recommended for an internal view of your pet’s anatomy. Ultrasound provides a more detailed view of your pet’s organs and soft tissues, and may be recommended to diagnose conditions such as kidney or liver disease, or to locate an abdominal mass. Dental X-rays are used to identify diseased teeth, and are performed before every professional dental cleaning.