Cat and Dog Imaging and Lab Diagnostics in Parrish, FL
We want to know everything we can about your companion’s health so we can provide them with the care they deserve. Laboratory testing and digital imaging for dogs and cats gives us deeper insight, expanding the scope of our health evaluations and revealing hidden clues about your pet’s condition. Parrish Veterinary Clinic is outfitted with a complete in-house testing laboratory, digital X-ray equipment, and ultrasound. Together, these tools give our team additional layers of information we can use to improve your pet’s treatment and help them stay healthier, longer.
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The Benefits of Laboratory Testing
Our in-house lab gives us the ability to run a variety of important tests, with some being recommended on a routine basis to monitor your pet’s health. We can also run tests to screen for specific illnesses. The reason we are strong proponents of blood, fecal, and urine testing is because without it, we can only guess at much of what might be going on inside your dog or cat. A physical examination is useful, but there are many things happening below the surface we cannot see or understand without running lab tests.
When we are faced with more questions than answers about your pet, laboratory tests can help us make or confirm a diagnosis.
Lab Tests We Recommend
Some routine tests we recommend for dogs and cats:
- Blood chemistry profile
- CBC (complete blood cell count)
- Heartworm test
- Fecal exam
- Tick-borne disease test (4DX)
Our Advanced Cat and Dog Imaging Tools
Our imaging tools provide detailed pictures of your pet’s musculoskeletal system and soft tissue organs.
Digital X-ray can show us issues relating to your pet’s bones, joints, heart, and lungs. Evidence of a bone fracture, arthritis, and even joint deformities can be seen via X-ray. In some cases, X-ray can also show us the size and location of a foreign body. Our digital X-ray equipment enables us to perform X-rays quickly and safely, and send images out to other hospitals if needed for external review.
Ultrasound is another non-invasive imaging tool that uses soundwaves to build a moving, real-time picture of your pet’s organs. We typically use ultrasound to assess the liver, kidneys, and other abdominal organs, look for tumors, and diagnose and monitor pregnancies. Ultrasound can also capture the presence of fluid in the abdomen. Once we perform an ultrasound, we can then send it out to a specialist for an extensive evaluation.