Radford Animal Hospital Offers State-of-the-Art Diagnostics for Pets
Animals cannot provide information about where it hurts or how they feel, so a veterinarian’s experience and today’s diagnostics are critical in determining problems accurately. At Radford Animal Hospital in Radford, VA, we use a variety of diagnostic measures to help us provide the highest quality of pet care for our patients.
Laboratory tests on your pets’ blood have become an essential method of determining the function of organs. Blood tests analyze various chemicals in the blood that can reveal illness, hormone deficiencies, or problems with metabolic processes. Urine tests are important for detecting infection in the urinary system of animals and to find problems with kidney function. Fecal tests can detect parasites in the gastrointestinal system that can weaken your pets. Cytology tests analyze tissue samples for abnormal cells that can indicate cancer. When taken with physical examination and other methods, these tests allow your veterinarian to diagnose problems more accurately, so appropriate treatment can begin immediately.
X-rays provide veterinarians with critical information about the bones inside an animal’s body as well as the joints and spine. It can also provide a look inside the skull, eye sockets, and jaw, which can alert our doctor about fractures or growths that affect function of the musculoskeletal system.
Just as X-rays allow veterinarians to see the hard structures inside an animal’s body, ultrasonography reveals the condition of soft tissue, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. The technology uses sound waves that bounce against tissue, creating a pattern that is translated into a visual image on a computer. This allows your Radford veterinarian to detect changes in size and structure that could indicate a medical problem.
Diagnostic Testing in Radford, VA
Dr. Hansen and the team at Radford Animal Hospital use their many years of experience caring for animals to ensure your beloved animals are in great health. We provide a range of pet care services, including immunizations, dental care, surgery, microchipping, senior wellness care, urgent and emergency care, grooming, boarding, and nutritional and behavioral counseling. Call Radford Animal Hospital today at (540) 639-3891 to schedule an appointment, or to learn about our diagnostic methods that can help keep your pets healthy and active for as long as possible.