Diagnostics

Has your pet been acting unusual?  Are you concerned that an illness or injury may be to blame?

When people get sick or hurt, they go to the doctor, explain their symptoms and receive the appropriate care. With pets, it’s not always this straightforward. Because our animal companions can’t speak, they can’t tell us when something is bothering them. What’s more, many animals are able to hide the signs of illness for long periods of time. All the while, the condition is able to develop and worsen.

In cases such as these, the team at Falls Village Veterinary Hospital relies on veterinary diagnostics to get the answers we need. These tools and technologies allow us to conduct an in-depth evaluation of your pet’s health, both externally and internally. By gathering a complete picture of your pet’s condition, we’re better able to diagnose and treat health problems in a timely manner. Faster diagnosis of illness and injury can vastly improve the chances of a positive outcome for your four-legged friend.

 

In-House Laboratory

Our hospital features an on-site diagnostic laboratory, which makes it fast and efficient to run a wide variety of tests. In many cases, we can have results within just minutes. This means we can have a treatment plan in place before you and your companion even leave the exam room. The ability to run blood work, urinalysis and other tests in-house is especially beneficial for critical cases when time is of the essence. Laboratory work is also available for routine health screenings as part of your pet’s wellness care. Blood pressure measurement and ECG screenings are routinely available and performed.

 

Advanced Imaging

In some instances, a physical exam and lab work simply aren’t enough to effectively assess your pet’s condition. That’s why we also offer advanced imaging services. These tools, such as x-rays, ultrasound, and even endoscopy  allow us to look inside your pet’s body and learn precisely what’s ailing him or her. We can use imaging to evaluate the bones and internal organs, identifying injuries, diagnosing illness and determining its severity. Images can be analyzed by our doctors in real-time or shared electronically with specialists if necessary.

Ultrasound services are provided by East Coast Veterinary Imaging, the leader in mobile veterinary ultrasound for the Triangle area. As Diplomates of the College of Veterinary Radiology the veterinarians of ECVI are part of an elite group of board-certified specialists (there are fewer than 500 in the world) who have completed an approved Residency Program in diagnostic imaging that includes at least three years of advanced training and intensive study beyond what is comprised in the veterinary doctorate degree in radiology, ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear medicine, as well as additional training in anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.

With over thirty years of combined experience, ECVI performs tailored and comprehensive ultrasound examinations, as well as other advanced diagnostics such as fine needle aspirates and tissue biopsies of internal organs.

We are very proud to partner with ECVI to provide these specialized, state-of-the-art diagnostics for your cherished pets. For more information on this wonderful group of veterinary professionals, please visit www.eastcoastvetimage.com

 

If your furry family member has been acting a bit out of sorts lately, don’t take chances. Give us a call right away. We’ll get to the bottom of the problem and get your best friend back on the path to good health again.

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