How Pet Diagnostics Inform Our Medicine
We build our veterinary medicine from science and facts. Since pets can’t tell us what’s wrong, we often rely on diagnostic equipment. Pet diagnostics are essential for leading us toward accurate diagnoses so we can prescribe the most effective treatments. At Greenville Animal Hospital, we offer our patients extensive in-house lab work, digital radiography, and ultrasonography.
Learning from the Lab
Our in-house lab is a frequently used resource that helps us in numerous medical cases. Having this technology in-house means you and your pet benefit from quick test results. From these findings, we derive a treatment plan—all in one visit. Common tests we run with our lab include:
- CBC (complete blood count) which helps detect underlying diseases.
- Blood chemistry panels which analyze specific blood components such as proteins, glucose, and more for abnormalities.
- PT (prothrombin time) and aPTT (activated partial thromboplastin time) which test your pet's blood coagulation. We are proud to be the only clinic in the area with this unique capability.
- Fecal exams which help identify intestinal parasites.
- Urinalysis with which we evaluate your pet’s bladder and kidney health and diagnose diabetes and other diseases.
- Cytology (skin analysis) which we use frequently for dermatology concerns to determine whether the problem is bacterial, fungal, allergies, or a parasite.
For non-urgent cases or for certain complex tests, we will send out samples to our partner labs. Turn around time is still quick, and we should have results within 24-48 hours for most tests.
Deep Diving with Digital Imaging
With digital X-rays and ultrasound, we’re able to view your pet’s internal structures and assess for any abnormalities. These tools work in tandem with each other. X-rays allow us to see a detailed static image, while ultrasound lets us see organs, cavities, and tissues in motion. We use these to diagnose and treat a number of health conditions including:
- Ingested foreign bodies
- Organ abnormalities
- Heart and lung disease
- Kidney and bladder stones
- Abdominal fluid accumulation
- And more
Additionally, we are proud to offer the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) radiology services. These digital X-rays provide detailed images that are useful for diagnosing orthopedic conditions such as hip dysplasia, a common condition in many large dog breeds.