X-Rays, also known as radiographs, allow veterinary professionals to see the inner workings of your pet’s musculoskeletal system, heart, lungs, and other internal organs. One of the amazing benefits of x-ray technology is that the process is completely safe and noninvasive. We simply project x-ray waves towards the body of your pet, and capture an image of the waves’ distribution through the body. Trained radiographers can then interpret the resulting photograph. This tool can help your veterinarian make informed decisions about diagnosis and treatment.
AM/PM Animal Hospital goes a step beyond typical x-ray technology to service our clients with digital x-ray technology.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that assists veterinary professionals in seeing the inner workings of the body. This form of radiography can provide different information than x-rays, because ultrasounds utilize sounds waves instead of x-ray waves to create images. Ultrasounds are useful for gathering information about certain areas of the body, such as soft tissues and moving components of internal structures, because they can capture moving images.
Ultrasounds are helpful for diagnosing or investigating conditions such as foreign body ingestion, abdominal masses, intestinal disorders, cancer, pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, and more.
The technique for gathering ultrasounds is non-invasive and pain-free. Your pet can be awake and alert the entire time. We simply lay them down so the area which we are analyzing is accessible, and talk quietly to them to help them keep still while taking the reading. For some complex conditions, it may be necessary for us to call in a trained veterinary (DVM) specialist who can expertly and confidently analyze the results.
Ultrasounds have revolutionized veterinary medicine because they are completely safe and highly informative. Decades ago, many diagnostic questions which an ultrasound can answer would have been discovered through surgery, and liquid filled cavities or soft tissue structural anomalies would have been impossible to analyze. We are grateful for the amazing capabilities of ultrasound technology!
At AM/PM Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to providing accurate, timely, and technologically-advanced diagnostic services. In order to deliver these services to you, we have our own in-house laboratory for routine testing.
When your pet is sick, the faster a diagnosis is determined, the faster they can receive treatment. Other veterinary facilities without the added benefit of an in-house lab may have to take the extra time to ship samples for testing, wait until the receiving laboratory has completed the analysis, and then receive the results. At AM/PM Animal Hospital, we have streamlined this process by having a diagnostic laboratory at our fingertips. Some routine tests may be interpreted in as little as 15 minutes! For more time-consuming tests, we will typically give you a call the next day to share the results.
In addition to speed, having our own laboratory services allows us to have full quality control, because even more important than speed is the accuracy of the results. We trust our staff to deliver the best diagnosis possible because they have been expertly trained and possess extensive experience.
Here are some of the services which we can provide through our in-house laboratory:
Complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most common blood tests issued in veterinary medicine. It can provide a wealth of information about your pet’s health because it informs us of the levels of cell types in the blood. This can be helpful for diagnosing conditions such as anemia, infection, inflammation, and more.
Blood chemistry profiles are another common set of tests, which work together to achieve a depiction of different chemical aspects within your pet’s blood as well as your pet’s liver values. It can help to diagnose issues such as diabetes or kidney dysfunction.
Electrolyte levels measure the levels of electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, and phosphorus for insight into issues such as dehydration and metabolism. Electrolytes are vital salts needed for organ function.
Urinalysis is used to measure the function of the urinary tract and kidneys. For older cats, who often have disorders of the kidneys, this test is considered routine. Urinalysis can also be a helpful tool for diagnosing and/or monitoring diabetes.
Those who suffer from seasonal allergies can attest that central Texas is a hot spot for pollen and, just as this condition can affect people, animals can also fall victim to the pervasive symptoms that accompany an allergic reaction.
Your veterinarian can work with you to diagnose and alleviate the allergic reaction, or other dermatological condition, and provide your pet with relief. We want to help your pet from feeling irritated and uncomfortable. Furthermore, what begins as a seemingly slight allergy can easily morph into a more serious condition. Diagnosis and treatment are key for keeping your pet healthy and safe.
If your pet exhibits any of the following signs, be aware, they might have allergies:
In some cases, our staff may be able to surmise from physical symptoms that the ailment is certainly an allergy. In other cases, we may have to run a few tests to rule out any other potential causes. With the help of our in-house lab, we may analyze blood samples, skin scrapings, or more to make a confident diagnosis
Once the allergic reaction is identified, the next step is pinpointing the environmental cause. This can be anything from pollen to an ingredient in pet food. In the beginning stages of diagnosis, we ask that you pay close attention to when and where your pet reacts. Is is always at a certain time of day? Is it more often inside or outside?
Here is a list of some common allergens, to provide some potential insight into the root cause:
Our goal is to increase the quality of life for your pet and to help them feel their best again– without the itching, stinging, burning, oozing, or general malaise associated with allergies and other dermatological conditions. Once we identify the root cause, we will work with you to devise a plan of action. This may involve avoidance of an allergen, or treatments such as oral medicine or topical creams.
Other dermatological conditions which we can assist with, in addition to allergies, include infections, parasites, autoimmune diseases, hormonal disorders, tumors, and skin cancer.