In-House Laboratory & Veterinary Diagnostics
Whether assisting your pet's veterinarian in identifying an accurate diagnosis, monitoring your pet's progress during a surgical procedure, or simply establishing an essential baseline for future use, diagnostic tests and procedures are important components of your pet's comprehensive veterinary health record. Summeridge Animal Clinic combines in-house equipment with trusted contracted services to provide our patients with convenient modern diagnostic tools.
Radiographs, or X-rays, are black and white images of bones and internal organs. They are performed when an external examination does not provide enough information for an accurate diagnosis. This painless and non-invasive procedure can assist your pet’s veterinarian in identifying broken bones, tumors, or swallowed foreign objects. X-rays can also identify soft tissue problems with organs such as intestines, stomach, gallbladder, and kidneys.
In-House Digital Dental X-rays
Dental X-rays are an essential part of your pet's dental visit. They allow the veterinarian to see below your pet's gum line, identifying any broken, loose, or infected teeth. Digital X-rays allow your pet's veterinarian to receive a clear picture during your visit, as well as easily send it on if a referral is necessary.
In-House Ultrasound Consultant
Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves instead of radiation to view your pet's internal organs. An ultrasound technician uses a hand-held wand to generate an image of an area of interest, which is viewed on a screen. Summeridge Animal Clinic works with a certified consultant who sees patients in-house for ultrasound appointments.
Trusted Laboratory Tests
Laboratory tests, such as blood draws, urine analysis, skin scrapes, and cytology, assist your pet's veterinarian in caring for your four-legged family members. When such tests are required, our technicians are able to collect these tests in house and then send them to one of our trusted laboratories for fast and accurate results.
Dr. Bouchard will examine your pet during his or her annual wellness exams, for any abnormalities that may suggest a skin condition. If you have any concerns that something may be wrong, this is a perfect time to talk with your veterinarian. If further information is needed, she may perform one of the following:
- Laboratory draw
- Skin scrape