Diagnostic Tools and Ultrasound
Our pets can't tell us about their aches and pains, if they've swallowed a foreign object, or if they're feeling under the weather, so when your cat or dog seems a bit "off," it's up to us to find out what's going on. Our on-site diagnostics can help us navigate your pet's health with precision, accuracy, and timeliness.
At Parkside, our promise to you is that no test will ever be performed without your consent, and we will never suggest a test your pet doesn't need.
Digital Dental and Full Body X-Rays
X-rays are a fundamental diagnostic tool, and digital x-rays enable us to transmit your pet's images to specialists all over the world when a consultation is needed. Results from specialists can come back as fast as half an hour in emergency situations. Living in North Bay doesn't mean less access to specialized medical care for your pet. Digital x-rays can also be enlarged and manipulated on a monitor for better viewing, and it takes just 5-6 seconds for us to snap a picture and instantly view your pet's radiograph.
X-rays help us examine the following:
- Heart and lungs
- Mouth, trachea, and esophagus
- Stomach, intestines, colon
- Liver, kidneys, spleen
To keep costs down without compromising accuracy, we do as many tests as we can in-house. Some bloodwork and special tests do need to be sent to reference labs, which we handle on our end. We have excellent relationships with specialists and referral hospitals for tests that we don't administer here.
Our in-house lab enables us to perform:
- Bloodwork (blood chemistry and complete blood counts)
- Pre-anesthesia bloodwork
- Parasite detection
- Blood pressure
- Tonometry (eye pressures)
- Biopsies to check for autoimmune conditions
- Bacteria cultures (so we can be fast and targeted with antibiotics)
Ultrasound gives us a close look at the structure of the tissues and helps us determine exactly what is going on so that we may use specific treatments and achieve better outcomes. Ultrasound is safe, painless, and sedation may not be necessary. We can view images in real-time and transmit them to specialists if necessary.
Common ultrasound applications:
- Kidney stones or cysts
- Ingested foreign objects
- Distinguish fluid from tissue
- Bladder stones
Give us a call to request an ultrasound appointment today!