Labwork & Radiology
Lab Work and Tests That Work For You
“Show me where it hurts” is not something your pet can often answer for us. Much of our job revolves around discovering the cause of your pet’s symptoms. This requires getting to the root of the problem. This section helps you understand how we use testing and technology to provide rapid and accurate diagnosis for what is ailing your pet.
PCVH utilizes high resolution digital radiology to aid your doctor in rapidly identifying orthopedic conditions, pinpointing the size and location of tumors and growths, evaluating for signs of heart disease and much more. They give us an insider’s view to what may be at the root of your pet’s discomfort.
Why do you want digital x-rays for your pet? Simple: they deliver superior image quality, faster results and less radiation for your pet than conventional x-rays. Digital images can also be electronically transferred to a specialist or emailed directly to you.
In-House Diagnostic Laboratory
Do you ever wish your pet could tell you exactly what is wrong? So do we! Since they cannot, we rely on blood tests to help us determine what is ailing them. Our facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art, in-house diagnostic laboratory capable of performing a wide array of laboratory tests, providing rapid results, and allowing your doctor to quickly initiate appropriate treatment for your pet.
Our team of specially trained veterinary technicians are capable of processing the following laboratory tests quickly and accurately:
Intestinal and hematologic parasite evaluation
Ultrasound and Echocardiogram Specialists
Some patients require even more specialized testing so we have partnered with board certified specialists to provide these services in the comfort of our own hospital.
Ultrasound – What It Is and How Is It Used to Diagnose Your Pet?
Ultrasound is a safe and painless way to image internal organs by using high-frequency sound wave. Our board certified radiologist can perform abdominal, thoracic, orthopedic, and skull ultrasonography.
What To Expect:
Your pet will need to fast for the procedure and you will drop off your pet at our hospital that morning. Often the area in question will be shaved to allow proper imaging. Rarely does a patient require sedation, but should it be necessary or you wish your pet to receive sedation, we will gladly comply. The radiologist will provide a report and communicate with your doctor their findings so we can formulate a treatment plan and offer a prognosis.
If the radiologist recommends a procedure called an Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA), the specialist performs this at the time of the ultrasound.
Echocardiogram (Echo) – What’s at the Heart of the Problem?
This is an ultrasound of the heart specifically designed to determine the extent and type of heart disease by visualizing the different chambers and valves inside the heart and their functionality.
What To Expect:
Unlike a routine ultrasound, when your pet has an echocardiogram in our hospital, you will be present for the imaging and subsequent consultation with our board certified cardiologist. They will recommend a tailored treatment plan and offer a prognosis for your pet.
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Our veterinarians believe an informed client is best equipped to make an educated health care decision. Your role is the caregiver. Our role is to guide you in making the best possible treatment option for your pet.