Pet Care Testing at Gresham Animal Hospital

Posted by bmedia on Thursday, March 3, 2016

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As a pet owner, you can certainly tell when something is off with your pet. If they aren’t eating well, seem restless, in pain, or just not themselves, this is often times a good indicator of a medical issue. If your pet seems off, we can help you diagnose what is going on. We have a variety of pet care tests in order to make sure we know exactly what is wrong with your pet:

In-House Blood/Urine/FecalTesting

We have two separate analyzers on-site to perform important blood tests on your pet such as a blood count analysis, and liver and kidney function tests. By having this equipment on-site, we are able to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet’s condition when they become ill without losing valuable time waiting for test results.

With our partnership with IDEXX Laboratories, we are able to offer high quality, fast turnaround diagnostic tests with direct access to advice from clinical pathologists and other specialists

X-Rays

X-rays are an important diagnostic tool for many common conditions we see in practice such as fractures, vomiting, and breathing difficulties. Our hospital x-ray machine is able to take internal pictures of anything our doctors need. Once again, because this equipment is on-site, we are able to take and interpret x-rays in a very short amount of time! We are able to share these images electronically to any specialist your pet may need.

Blood Pressure

We use only Doppler equipment to help assess your pet’s blood pressure. These monitors are helpful in determining whether your pet is suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension) as well as in general wellness screening. Our blood pressure equipment can also used in anesthetic monitoring and diagnostically in evaluating a patient in shock.

ECG

Certain breed may are susceptible to heart disease. We know who those are and can use our wireless ECG unit diagnostically to assess the heart when a murmur is present or when an abnormal heart rate or rhythm is detected on our physical exam. Like blood pressure, the ECG is also useful in general health screening, especially for our senior patients, as well as for anesthetic monitoring.

Glaucoma Testing

The TONOPEN instrument accurately evaluates eye pressure and is used both as a screening tool and diagnostically to assess for glaucoma in your pet.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that allows us to look inside the organs of the abdomen or chest such as the liver, kidneys, heart or spleen. The procedure is safe and comfortable for your pet and can provide important information in diagnosing difficult cases. We utilize the services of a board certified specialist Dr. Alan Lipman and is performed as an outpatient at the Dove Lewis Animal Hospital.  This safe and comfortable procedure typically does not require sedation unless a biopsy is needed. If a biopsy is required, we are able to safely obtain tissue samples using the ultrasound as a guide.

Have additional questions about our services or want to make an appointment for your pet? Call us at 503.666.1600