Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use electromagnetic radiation and other technologies for diagnostic imaging. This allows us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
At Animal Hospital, we have a range of technology and tools to help diagnose your pet's medical issues as quickly as possible. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and cold lasers.
With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options.
Fully Equipped Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Sault Ste. Marie
We perform tests and get results quickly in our in-house laboratory so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Sault Ste. Marie is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Diagnostic Services We Offer
Using our modern in-house veterinary diagnostics lab we are able to offer comprehensive diagnostic testing that will allow our vets to provide you with a quick and accurate diagnosis for your pet's condition.
The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures. Diagnostic imaging is a crucial part of successfully diagnosing a pet's internal conditions.
Ultrasound imaging allows us to high-frequency sound waves to safely produce images of the internal structures of the body.
We are able to produce images of the internal functions as they are happening. Because of this, we can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Our in-house lab allows our vets to perform non-invasive diagnostic imaging in order to quickly and accurately diagnose your pets allowing us to begin a treatment plan sooner.
- Radiology (Digital X-rays)
Our vets can utilize radiology in order to examine the internal systems of your pet to reveal information that we may otherwise be unable to monitor.
Radiology is incredibly safe and non-invasive using only very low doses of radiation. This low level of radiation allows your vet the opportunity to safely produce images of the internal structures of even the most sensitive and high-risk pets such as those that are pregnant or very young.
Our vets will use radiology to evaluate the bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases and some tumours.
Our vet lab in Sault Ste. Marie gives us the opportunity to perform a variety of common and targeted blood tests that we will use to gain an in-depth view of your pet's current state of health.
Our vets frequently perform veterinary blood tests such as CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration), hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a diagnostic test that is a crucial part of your pet's routine care and allows your vet to observe both the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Your vet will use urinalysis to determine the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, as well as using this test to reveal issues in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This diagnostic test is an important part of regular checkups whether your pet is sick or healthy and we recommend that it be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is a diagnostic test that utilizes the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which your vet will perform using our in-house vet lab in Sault Ste. Marie.
Your vet will perform a fecal exam in order to diagnose any GI infections that your pet may be suffering from. These infections are typically caused by parasites that could be compromising the health of not only your pet but of your family as well. Some of the parasites that fecal exams allow us to examine include hookworms and roundworms.
These parasites are commonly known to make your pets feel unwell, irritable, and could potentially cause more serious conditions. Many of these parasites are also able to be transmitted to humans.
These parasites all commonly survive within the digestive tract of your pet which can make them difficult to discover. This makes annual fecal exams a crucial part of your pet's routine health care.
- ECG / EKG
During your pet's physical examination, your veterinarian may discover signs that your pet may have a heart disorder. If this is a concern then your vet may recommend that we take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This diagnostic procedure is safe ad non-evasive allowing us to discover signs or symptoms that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. If necessary then your vet may also order a cardiac ultrasound in order to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.