As a pet owner, you probably recognize when your pet isn’t feeling well, but it can be difficult to determine the source of the problem. Since our patients can’t talk to us, in addition to a physical exam, diagnostic testing allows our veterinarians to get a full picture of your pet’s health so that appropriate treatment can begin immediately.
Annual Health Screens
Even if your pet seems healthy, it is important to perform annual diagnostics to ensure any issues are detected as early as possible. Depending on the age of your pet, we recommend annual heartworm and fecal tests, bloodwork, urine testing, etc. The recommended diagnostic testing provides a comprehensive picture of your pet’s health, allows for early detection of issues, gives baseline results, and can improve outcomes.
Radiology (x-ray) provides valuable information to us about your pet’s bones and soft tissue structures including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), lungs, heart, spleen, liver, and genitourinary system (kidneys, bladder, prostate, uterus).
Ultrasound allows our veterinarians to look at your pet’s vital organs. Ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to create an image of the internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the health of the heart, kidney, liver, and bladder, detect cysts and tumors, and monitor pregnancies. At times, we may use ultrasound in combination with radiology to accurately diagnose a medical condition your pet may be experiencing.
Dallas Animal Urgent Care is equipped with an on-site diagnostic laboratory. We can perform in-hospital blood testing including blood counts, chemistry panels, electrolyte measurements, and blood clotting times. We can also analyze urine, skin and ear cytologies, and check your pet for infectious diseases including parvo, heartworms, feline leukemia and AIDS. In most cases, this allows us to diagnose and treat your pet without delay.
In addition to our on-site diagnostics, we have access to local reference laboratories for ancillary tests such as thyroid panels, fecal parasite checks, more advanced blood testing, biopsy tests, etc. Some results are returned as quickly as 24 hours.