Taking an Inside Look: Pet X-rays & Diagnostics
Has your pet been acting strange? Is your dog or cat looking more lethargic than usual, and you’re not sure why? If so, we can find out what’s ailing them. Mille Lacs Veterinary Group offers advanced diagnostic services which allow us to examine dogs and cats internally. These services include ultrasound, X-rays, urine and fecal testing, and comprehensive in-house blood panels.
Ultrasound & Pet X-rays
These are two of the most commonly used forms of diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine. With an ultrasound exam, a two-dimensional image of the internal organs is produced in real time using the echoes of sound waves. We can examine any organ in the body, including the heart. X-rays are similar to ultrasound in that they also allow for a safe, non-invasive internal examination, but instead use radiation to create the image. The main difference, however, is that ultrasound is excellent for visualizing organs (soft tissue) and X-rays are more helpful for visualizing bones.
Some of the conditions that can be assessed/diagnosed with ultrasound and/or X-ray technology include:
- Fractures/broken bones
- Foreign bodies
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Cysts and tumors
- Heart problems
- Lameness (orthopedic diagnostics)
- Limb deformity (orthopedic diagnostics)
In-House Diagnostic Testing
Our in-house diagnostics lab allows us to test your pet’s blood, stool, or urine to check for signs of disease. This service is utilized frequently for senior pets to monitor their health, but it can be an invaluable tool for identifying the cause of illness in pets of any age. With our in-house lab equipment, we can perform:
- Urinalysis (checks for UTI, diabetes, kidney disease)
- Fecal flotation testing (checks for parasites, digestive tract issues)
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Cytology (studies cells/cell clusters for signs of cancer)
- T4 (evaluates thyroid function, checks for thyroid diseases)
- Glucose testing (checks blood sugar levels)
For more complex cases, we will send your pet’s blood, urine, or fecal sample to an outside specialist for more extensive evaluation. Results normally take up to 24 hours, so we typically reserve outside lab testing for less urgent situations. Our in-house tests can take as little as 20 minutes, which allows us to diagnose problems more quickly and begin developing a treatment plan for your pet.
Give us a call at any of our three locations to schedule a diagnostic exam for your animal companion. We’ll be glad to get to the bottom of what’s ailing your pet so we can provide treatment as soon as possible.