Pet Diagnostic Services
Diagnostic Services for Dogs and Cats in Howell, MI
At Town Center Veterinary Associates, we believe that diagnostic services give us a unique look at the internal workings of a pet and may help us determine underlying conditions. We use advanced diagnostic technology that can properly and accurately diagnose underlying conditions to prevent and treat health conditions in your pet.
Our facility has an in-house laboratory that allows us to evaluate and diagnose your pet’s health. Using diagnostic technology, we can quickly diagnose the issue and help your pet return to good health as quickly as possible.
Below are some of the tests that we perform at our laboratory:
- Full blood panels
- Routine heartworm testing
- Microscopic evaluations of stool sample, skin scrapes, ear slides or blood smears
X-rays are the most common imaging tool we use to examine your dog or cat’s organs and their cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems. With digital radiology there are a number of benefits compared to traditional film x-rays. Digital x-rays have a higher image quality than film x-rays, making it much easier to view and interpret. These images are instantly available to the veterinarian, which means less time away from your pet and a faster, more accurate diagnosis.
We used digital radiology to:
- find foreign objects and materials within the body that may have been ingested.
- diagnose fractures, bone and joint abnormalities, and other injuries.
- screen for abnormalities in the heart, lungs, urinary, and digestive organs.
- screen for certain types of cancer.
Digital Dental Radiology
Digital dental radiology (or digital dental x-ray) allows us to examine individual teeth for bone loss, hidden fractures, or swelling that may be present. Thanks to digital technology, the images appear on the screen within minutes, allowing us to diagnose and treat your pet quickly and effectively. This also reduces the amount of time your pet is exposed to radiation.
An ultrasound is a pain-free, totally noninvasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time moving image of your pet’s internal organs. At Town Center Veterinary Associates, we employ ultrasound for a wide-range of diagnostics to provide a better view of internal organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, and lymph nodes. The benefit of ultrasound benefit is being able to see inside the architecture of the organs, its size, location and identifying tumors, cysts, inflammations, stones, and more.
Some dog breeds are more susceptible to a genetic disease called hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is treatable and can be identified by tests performed by our trained veterinarians. We offer hip dysplasia assessment from OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).
We can monitor your pet’s heart activity using electrocardiography, or ECG. An ECG is a painless and simple procedure that allows us to examine the heart’s electrical signal. From this, we can gather information on your pet’s heart rate and detect any irregularities in rhythm.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood pressure monitoring can be used in routine and emergency situations. Our staff will monitor your pet’s blood pressure while they are under anesthesia or during serious and/or life-threatening situations. We will also evaluate your pet’s blood pressure during their annual examination if their blood panel indicates increased thyroid levels or renal disease.
While your pet is under anesthesia, our trained staff will monitor all of their vitals to make sure they are safe. We monitor your pet’s heart activity, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, respiratory system, and temperature from start to finish.