Pet Diagnostics/Imaging in Chillicothe, Dunlap, and Peoria
Often, we have to perform further diagnostics to rule out or confirm potential diagnoses since your pet cannot always communicate how they are feeling. Contact us to schedule an appointment if you have any concerns and are considering further diagnostics.
It is highly recommended that at least once a year we perform a fecal flotation examination of your pet’s feces to ensure they are free from any intestinal parasites that may cause them harm and are also transmissible to humans, especially children. We ask that you bring a small piece of feces with you at your yearly check-ups. We can perform this test in-house for instant results.
Routine yearly blood screening is also recommended to make sure your pet is not showing any signs of disease, such as liver or kidney. If we can catch certain diseases in their early stages we can begin to take steps to either reverse or prevent them from progressing. We offer a full in-house blood chemistry and hematology service. Occasionally tests require sending to an outside laboratory for testing.
Specific symptoms may require obtaining a urine sample from your pet to rule out medical or behavioral problems. This simple test is completed in-house and can be done in about 10 minutes. A freshly collected sample is required for accurate results. If further information is required for a definite diagnosis, we may need to obtain a sterile sample to send to an outside laboratory.
A heart ultrasound is known as an echocardiogram (or echo). This procedure is one of the least intrusive and most efficient techniques to look at the heart's structure and observe how it works in real-time. We'll probably schedule an echo if your pet has a heart murmur.
The heart has four chambers, each of which is separated from the others by a valve. These valves seal properly to maintain blood flow in the desired direction. By using echocardiography, we may determine whether the heart's walls are thickened, whether its chambers are enlarged, and whether its valves are in good condition. The blood pressure in the veins leading to and from the heart can also be checked to see if it is normal.
A radiograph (also known as an x-ray) is a sort of image that shows information about the inside of the body that may not be apparent from the outside. Your pet's internal organs, including the heart, lungs, abdominal organs, and bones, may be examined using radiography. Radiology can be a useful tool in our diagnostic toolbox for correctly diagnosing your pet. We can now edit digital images taken thanks to numerous developments in digital x-ray technology. This creates additional opportunities for finding issues that would typically go unnoticed on a standard x-ray scan.
Ultrasound creates images of organs and tissues using high-frequency sound waves. In that it is an imaging technique that can be used either alone or in conjunction with other examinations, it is comparable to radiology (X-rays). Using ultrasound, we may detect certain internal organs clearly, including the heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, spleen, and intestines. Additionally, it aids in discovering and keeping track of pregnancies. We work closely with specialists, people who have made imaging their life's work, because we want you to benefit fully from this wonderful diagnostic tool.
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