Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common, useful diagnostic tools in medicine because of their ability to penetrate tissues and show your pet's organs and bones. At Forest Glen Animal Hospital we use X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, and other areas, and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know.
The diagnostic capabilities offered by X-rays are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, especially because we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in high-quality X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.
Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure that produces a real-time moving picture of your pet's organs, allowing your veterinarian to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health.
Our veterinarians use ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies.
The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment, minimizing your worry and stress.
Our In-House Medical And Diagnostic Laboratory
When performing routine wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what our veterinarians can't see is as important, if not more important, than what they can.
Because protecting your pet's health is our most important job, we have a complete in-house diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform a wide range of tests on blood, urine, feces and biopsied tissue.
Laboratory testing can provide information about your pet's overall systemic health, as well as detect diseases and other conditions affecting your pet's well-being without the need for invasive, expensive procedures. Diagnostic laboratory testing is also completed prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia.
Without timely access to these test results, it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.