Pet In-House Diagnostics
We have advanced veterinary diagnostic tools at Woodland Animal Clinic and a highly-skilled team to use them and interpret the diagnostic results.
Pet In-House Diagnostics in East Freetown
Diagnostic imaging aids in early disease detection, allowing for more effective treatment. Our diagnostic tools include an in-house laboratory, complete blood work, ultrasound, x-rays, and cytology.
We use ultrasound to see your pet’s internal structures in motion. Ultrasonic sound waves create a 2D image of your pet’s organs, joints, and cavities. Ultrasound is used to evaluate the health of organs, including the heart. An echocardiogram is a procedure that uses ultrasound to evaluate the heart. Our ultrasound machine also employs Doppler radar to determine blood flow direction and velocity, allowing us to diagnose blockages, heartworm disease, high blood pressure, and other conditions.
full blood work
We frequently use our in-house lab for pre-surgical blood work and disease screening. Blood work is required to track your pet’s health over time and establish baseline levels, so we perform yearly bloodwork on animals over seven.
At the Woodland Animal Clinic, we use cytology to look for signs of bacterial or yeast infections on the skin’s surface or in the ear canals. This entails collecting surface skin samples on a slide, staining them, and then examining them under a microscope. Cytology can be used to identify the type of cells in a skin mass, look for evidence of ringworm and auto-immune diseases, and inspect the appearance of a patient’s hair when there is hair loss, in addition to identifying infection. This type of sample collection and testing can help you develop a more specific diagnostic and treatment plan for your pet.
Digital X-ray machines, in addition to producing high-quality images with the same contrast and quality as traditional X-rays, have several advantages over conventional film X-ray technology:
- Convenience and speed—Results are displayed on a computer screen immediately, without the need to wait for the film to develop. They can be instantly electronically transmitted to a board-certified radiologist for interpretation with a quick turnaround time.