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Diagnostics

  • X-rays: Digital x-rays are performed at our facility. With this advance in technology we can have x-ray results in a matter of seconds. This makes it much easier for our doctors to then interpret your pet’s x-rays.
  • Ultrasound: Ultrasound can be used  both for the abdomen and occasionally the heart. It is very useful in diagnosing diseases of the liver, spleen, bladder, intestines, etc. It also allows us to obtain fluid or cell samples from your pet with a much higher level of accuracy and safety.
  • Laboratory testing: In-house bloodwork is performed daily here at AHOD. It is used for pre-surgical bloodwork as well as for sick patients. Results can be back within an hour and help in diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of different conditions. In certain situations we send blood or tissue samples out to a reference lab for specific tests (ex. thyroid bloodwork). These results are often back in 1-5 business days.
  • Fecal testing: Routine fecals are sent off to a reference lab to be evaluated and results are often back in 1-2 business days. If a pet is sick, we often examine fecal samples in our in-house lab.
  • Heartworm/tick borne testing: A quick SNAP test can determine if your dog has heartworm disease, lyme disease, anaplasmosis, or ehrlichia.
  • FeLV/FIV testing: A quick SNAP test can determine if your cat has feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus.
  • Cytologies and Biopsies: Fine needle aspirates and biopsies can be performed in hospital. These samples are then sent out to a reference laboratory to be interpreted by a veterinary pathologist.