Pet X-Rays and Diagnostics
Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine because of their ability to penetrate tissues and show your pet’s organs and bones. At Critter Doctor Animal Hospital in Kirkland, Washington, we use veterinary X-rays to examine your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, and other areas, as well as 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 veterinary X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive health care available.
Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure that we use to evaluate your pet’s internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet’s health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet’s organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.
At Critter Doctor Animal Hospital, we use ultrasound 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 veterinary 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 and minimize your worry and stress.
In-House Veterinary Laboratory
Critter Doctor Animal Hospital maintains a full service veterinary diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis, fecal exams, cytology evaluation, and other valuable tests for your pet. With our advanced laboratory technology, we are able to receive fast and accurate results, helping to determine your pet’s diagnosis and what treatment therapy is required.
Our complete in-house Kirkland veterinary laboratory is essential to our emergency and critical care cases. We offer several tests as part of your pet’s wellness exam and specialized testing if your pet is in his or her senior years. For many tests, we can often have results within 15 minutes.
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