Advanced Veterinary Diagnostics in Chadds Ford, PA
Diagnostics such as lab testing, digital X-ray, and ultrasound are instrumental in helping us better understand your pet’s health as well as any illness. Since cats and dogs can’t tell us when they start to feel unwell (and they often hide early signs of illness), it can be difficult if not impossible to diagnose an illness with just a physical exam. However, with comprehensive blood work, digital radiology, and ultrasound, early detection of disease is possible—as is early intervention and treatment to make your pet well again.
With annual blood work, we can detect illness before there are symptoms.
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The Importance of Annual Blood Work
At every annual wellness exam, we’ll recommend comprehensive blood work for your pet that’s tailored to their age and health. Performing them every year helps us form a complete medical history of your pet that outlines their baseline health which allows us to better detect subtle changes that could indicate illness. We send out all our samples to the Idexx lab for expert analysis, and our results are usually back within 24-48 hours.
Tests we may run include:
- Complete blood count (CBC) measures your pet’s red and white blood cells as well as their platelets.
- Blood chemistry tests help us evaluate organ function and blood sugar by looking at specific components of the blood such as electrolyte levels, glucose, proteins, and more.
- Heartworm tests on dogs can detect the presence of heartworms and help ensure their heartworm prevention is working.
- Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness screenings are important tests in our area due to the prevalence of ticks, particularly those with Lyme disease.
- Feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus testing in cats detect these two potentially deadly diseases.
for Dogs & Cats
Digital X-rays are far superior to their film predecessor. There are no bulky films with dangerous heavy metals to deal with, and the process is much faster and safer for your pet due to significantly less radiation exposure. Plus, digital X-rays produce digital files in mere minutes that we’re able to easily send to specialists for second opinions, and to you for your records.
We use X-rays regularly for our senior patients before surgery in order to detect any heart or lung issues that could affect their response to anesthesia. X-ray is also helpful in diagnosing the following:
Fractures • Foreign body ingestion • Abdominal obstructions • Bladder and kidney stones • Periodontal disease • Joint problems • And more