XrayDigital Radiography

At AM/PM Animal Hospital, we use the latest in advanced computerized radiology as part of your pet's complete diagnostic care.

Radiographs (x-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions, such as examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, x-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet.

Digital radiography is much more efficient than traditional x-rays and also bypasses chemical processing, thereby reducing your pet's exposure to radiation and limiting damage done to our environment.

We can email your radiographs to specialists for consultations. We can provide you with a CD of your pet's x-Rays for your records.

UltrasoundUltrasound

Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency soundwaves to produce a real-time moving image of your pet's internal organs. It allows us a look at your pet's internal organs, chest and abdomen without surgery or sedation. Ultrasound is used for a wide-range of diagnostic procedures. It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs and performing pregnancy evaluations. Ultrasound is also useful in evaluating heart functions and is used for bladder scans.

In most cases, an ultrasound procedure is relatively brief and your pet is able to go home the very same day. Most importantly, though, an ultrasound helps us make an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition and provides effective treatment recommendations.

In case of an emergency, we provide fast trauma ultrasound procedures. For more complex cases, we can call in a board-certified ultrasound or cardiac specialist.

Care and Prevention of Glaucoma

Glaucoma doesn't only affect humans; your pet can develop this condition too. Dr. Parker and her team of veterinarians at AM/PM Hospital are skilled at identifying the early signs of this dangerous eye condition.

Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. Glaucoma is relatively common in animals and can develop as your pet ages – this is known as chronic glaucoma; or as the result of an injury or illness – this is known as acute glaucoma.

In many cases glaucoma can progress quite rapidly – especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness – and is considered an emergency situation.

Symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • The eye may look cloudy
  • Bulging eyeball

Due to the severity and incidence of glaucoma, we recommend that you have your pet checked regularly for this disease. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but can also help set a baseline measurement for your pet. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal Intraocular Pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

At AM/PM Animal Hospital, we use an instrument called a tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet's eyes. This is a noninvasive procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. Your veterinarian will apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

LaboratoryThe examination is very quick to perform and once done, your veterinarian will explain your pet's measurement, what it tells us about the health of your pet's eyes, and provide any treatment options if necessary.

Laboratory Services

AM/PM Animal Hospital is equipped with a full service diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, clotting times, urinalysis, fecal exams, cytology evaluations and other valuable tests. With our advanced laboratory, we have the ability to analyze how well many of your pet's internal organs are functioning and can follow up on treatment therapy.

The diagnostic laboratory at AM/PM Animal Hospital allows us to provide you and your pet with quick and – most importantly – accurate results, which are essential to our emergent and critical care cases. We can often have results within 15 minutes for many tests.