Pet Diagnostic Services in Cincinnati

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is an advanced imaging technique that uses soundwaves to provide a real-time moving image of your pet’s internal organs. This procedure is particularly useful for diagnosing abdominal and cardiac problems and can also be used to detect abdominal fluid, tumors, presence of gastrointestinal foreign bodies and other illnesses.

Your pet receives state-of-the-art ultrasound diagnostic services at PetCare Animal Hospital. Our on-site ultrasound machine guides many diagnostic procedures, including cystocentesis (a procedure that collects a urine sample), liver biopsies and pericardiocentesis (a procedure in which fluid is aspirated from the pericardium, the sac that envelops the heart). Ultrasound is also helpful for pregnancy evaluations and visualizing fetal heart rates.

Endoscopy

Your pet’s diagnosis is greatly aided by the use of an endoscope. An endoscope uses a long tube equipped with a lighted video camera on the end. Images from the camera are transmitted to a monitor and the endoscope acts as the veterinarian’s “eye.” This allows for an up-close view of the interior of your pet’s internal organs – a view that might otherwise require invasive surgery. PetCare Animal Hospital uses the latest endoscopic technology as part of your pet’s diagnostic procedure options.

Endoscopic procedures are particularly useful in diagnosing and treating conditions in your pet’s mouth, esophagus, stomach, colon and the upper intestinal tract. Many times, an endoscope is used to guide the removal of a foreign object from the stomach or intestine, procure a biopsy sample or perform an exploratory procedure. We also perform nasal and sinus endoscopy with biopsy when applicable.

Endoscopic procedures are far less invasive than routine surgeries; this means your pet experiences less pain and discomfort. While anesthesia is required for endoscopic procedures, the amount of anesthesia required is far less than what is needed for regular surgeries. After an endoscopic procedure, your pet may be able to go home the same day.

Radiology

Radiographs (x-rays) are commonly used in veterinary medicine for diagnosing medical problems and conditions in your pet. X-rays are used to diagnose a number of conditions, including the location and severity of fractures; symptoms of heart disease; foreign bodies inside your pet’s stomach; bladder stones and many more. To better diagnose your pet’s problems, PetCare Animal Hospital has invested in the latest state-of-the-art x-ray technology. We also offer radiology consultations with a board-certified veterinary radiology specialist.

Diagnostic Laboratory

Sometimes we need to rely on testing in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Thanks to our in-house diagnostic laboratory, your pet’s test results are ready within a matter of minutes.

Our laboratory is capable of processing dozens of tests, including complete blood counts (CBCs), blood chemistry panels, parasite testing (to detect the presence of heartworms, intestinal worms and other internal parasites) and more. Your pet’s laboratory test results are analyzed and interpreted by our team of specially trained veterinary technicians. The results of the laboratory tests provide fast, accurate treatment for your pet.

Along with heartworm testing, complete blood count, blood-chemistry panel, urinalysis and fecal examination are the most common laboratory tests performed at our hospital. Below are short descriptions of each test.

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

CBC measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a sample of blood. The numbers of each type of cell provides information to help diagnose anemia, infections and leukemia. If your pet is undergoing treatment for a condition, a complete blood count can help your veterinarian monitor how your pet is responding to the treatment.

Blood-Chemistry Panel (Chem)

A blood-chemistry panel measures electrolytes, enzymes and chemical elements of your pet’s blood. Included in a Chem profile are important components such as calcium and phosphorous levels, liver enzymes, glucose and total protein. These measurements help your veterinarian determine how your pet’s organs, such as kidneys, pancreas and liver, are functioning. Blood-chemistry panels help diagnose and treat illness, as well as monitor your pet’s response to treatment. A Blood-Chemistry Panel is usually performed to screen for potential problems and risks before anesthesia is administered.

Fecal Examination (Fecal)

Your veterinarian may examine your pet’s feces under a microscope for clues about many different kinds of diseases, including difficulties with digestion, internal bleeding and pancreas disorders. Most importantly, fecal examination confirm the presence of intestinal parasites, including roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm and giardia. A fecal examination is part of your pet’s wellness examination.

Urinalysis (UA)

Laboratory testing of your pet’s urine can help detect the presence of specific substances that normally do not appear in urine, including protein, sugar, white blood cells or blood. Measuring the dilution or concentration of urine can also help your veterinarian diagnose illness. Urinalysis can be helpful in diagnosing urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems and other medical conditions.