Diagnostics

Veterinarians have a unique challenge when trying to diagnose conditions in animals since they can’t tell us their symptoms or where they hurt. Because of this, we rely heavily on diagnostics to identify disease. Family Pet Hospital has state of the art diagnostic equipment on site to quickly and effectively diagnose disease so we can administer appropriate treatment in a timely manner.

These include:

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Digital Radiology: Traditional methods of taking radiographs (X-Rays) included using film, like what everyone used in their cameras, and developing the films in a dark room. Just as the norm for taking pictures with a camera have changed to digital, so have radiographs. “The technology has gotten better,” said Seth Wallack, DVM, Dipl. American College of Veterinary Radiology. Digital technology is faster and offers better contrast allowing for more accurate diagnosis. Click here to read more about digital radiography.

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Digital Dental Radiography: Since 60% of periodontal disease is hidden below the gum line, dental x-rays are critical to accurately evaluate oral health. John Lewis, VMD, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC, assistant professor of dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, says multiple studies have shown that dental X-rays reveal significantly more pathology than thorough oral exams alone. Performing these radiographs on your pet will enable us to identify disease early so we can develop an effective treatment plan.

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In-house Laboratory: At Family Pet Hospital, we have reference laboratory quality equipment where we can perform Complete Blood Counts (CBC’s) and Blood Chemistry Analysis in house. This enables us to get results in less than 10 minutes to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat your pets condition. Preventative care testing can also help uncover serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and hypo-or hyperthyroidism so we can treat your pet before these become life-threatening.