When your pet is ill and cannot tell us what is wrong, diagnostic testing can augment the doctor’s physical exam findings.
Atlantic Veterinary Hospital’s in-house laboratory and advanced digital X-ray technology help our doctors develop a complete diagnostic picture for your pet at a point where time is critical.
Advanced Digital X-ray Technology
Atlantic Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer advanced digital X-ray technology. X-rays are used to identify the location and severity of fractures, detect signs of heart and lung diseases, and identify tumors or foreign bodies in a pet’s abdomen.
Digital X-rays have many benefits over older technologies, producing high-quality images very quickly, providing greater accuracy for the medical team and less stress for your pet. Digital images also can be emailed or saved to a disc, allowing for fast consultations with veterinary specialists, when necessary.
Our board-certified veterinary radiologist provides X-ray interpretation consultations, when needed, to provide second opinions to our doctors and increase the accuracy and quality of medicine we offer our patients.
In-House Diagnostic Laboratory
Atlantic Veterinary Hospital’s in-house laboratory helps the medical team develop a complete diagnostic picture for your pet.
Our in-house diagnostic lab is capable of running many laboratory tests, often within an hour. When the situation dictates, we also send samples to our reference laboratory; most send-out lab results are available and communicated to you the next day.
Pets get heart disease too. A board-certified veterinary cardiologist travels to our hospital to provide comprehensive cardiology examinations for our patients with heart disease. These include a detailed heart echocardiograms, EKG, and blood pressure screenings.
Echocardiogram is a non-invasive, painless procedure that allows a detailed evaluation of the anatomy and function of a pet’s heart.
The cardiologist also provides on-going guidance to our staff veterinarians to help them optimally manage care for our patients with heart disease. Management may include medication, special diets, and additional diagnostics.
A board-certified veterinary radiologist travels to our hospital to provide abdominal ultrasound examinations.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive, painless tool to evaluate the structure, shape, and density of a pet’s internal organs. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of what is going on inside a pet’s body.
The radiologist uses this tool to assess a pet for the presence of disease, evaluate a pregnancy, and to detect abnormal fluid or internal bleeding. Our radiologist also provides ultrasound-guided biopsies, when needed, allowing us to evaluate internal deep structures without surgery.
Veterinary Internal Medicine Second Opinions
Diagnosing a pet’s illness can occasionally be quite complicated. Our patients cannot speak to us, so our staff doctors rely on their knowledge, experiences, laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging (X-rays and ultrasounds), and our senses – touch, sound, sight, and smell.
Our experienced doctors consult with one another, and they also reach out, if needed, to veterinary internal medicine specialists for second opinions on behalf of a pet presenting with a particularly challenging symptoms.
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