Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pet’s complete health care needs.
Radiographs (or x-rays) are commonly used to quickly identify abnormalities such as gastrointestinal foreign bodies, bladder stones, tumors, heart and lung disease, and other soft tissue disorders. It also allows us to identify bone fractures, spinal disc disease, and arthritis. Our on-site, state of the art, digital radiograph (or X-ray) equipment provides high quality images to aid in quick diagnosis of many soft tissue and orthopedic disorders. Advanced contrast studies of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract are also conducted on-site.
Ultrasound provides a much clearer picture of the structure and architecture of the heart, thyroid, and abdominal organs. This allows us to identify potential problems such as tumors, inflammatory conditions, and gallstones. It also allows for early pregnancy and other reproductive assessments. Our in-house ultrasounds conducted by Dr. Alan Weldon, a board certified internal medicine specialist, are by appointment only.
Our in-house laboratory facilities provide quick testing for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasites. Should more specialized testing be required, we utilize an outside referral laboratory with often a 24 hour turnaround.
Electrocardiography Services: The identification and diagnosis of heart arrhythmias can be essential for early diagnosis of structural heart disease. We provide state of the art services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
Internal medicine consults: We offer in-hospital referrals to an internal medicine specialist who conducts ultrasounds, endoscopic procedures and assists with the diagnosis of more complicated cases.
Allergy Consults: Environmental allergy to substances such as pollens, molds and dust mites is formally called atopic dermatitis, or atopy for short. Flea allergy dermatitis is the only allergy that is more common than atopy. Pets having a genetic predisposition towards atopic disease develop an abnormal immune response against normally harmless substances. Such pets can be affected by either breathing in these allergens or by absorbing them straight into the skin, especially where there is no hair coat. While many humans suffer from allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis (itchy, runny nose and eyes), animals are more likely to have itchy skin. The allergic inflammatory reaction to the allergen becomes apparent when the pet exhibits biting, licking and or scratching- especially paws, face, ears, underarms, groin, and front legs. This often results in hair loss, redness and excavations of the skin. Coughing, sneezing and asthma-type symptoms may also occur in atopic animals but are less common.
In most cases, atopy can be controlled but not cured. Maintenance therapies may likely be recommended. Animals with atopic disease are prone to secondary infections and may require additional medications during flare-ups. Please schedule an appointment with our veterinarians if you have concerns.