Diagnostic Technologies

Stat Veterinary Diagnostic Capabilities

A comprehensive physical exam doesn’t always reveal why a patient is ill, and our veterinary patients certainly can’t tell us what is wrong when they are sick or injured. Laboratory testing is one way to reveal these hidden problems, and in serious or life-threatening situations, having access to rapid and accurate test results provides the best chance for a timely intervention and a favorable outcome. Copies of your pet’s test results are available to you and your family’s veterinarian at any time. We have many tools, equipment and experience running tests for all animals. Below is just some of the technology we have available at our hospitals.

Pet Ultrasound

Our facilities can perform diagnostic ultrasound on emergency patients Our emergency veterinarians can use our ultrasound equipment to view internal organs in a non-invasive way. This diagnostic tool can provide a speedy diagnosis or, for some critical patients, give our emergency team the ability to obtain valuable information that will determine the best possible treatment for your pet. If an ultrasound would be useful in guiding your pet’s care, the doctor will discuss this option with you during your visit.

ECG

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a diagnostic test that records the activity of the heart. An ECG is a non-invasive procedure that can help doctors assess abnormal heart rhythms, drug effects or even an enlarged heart. At the hospital, we also use an ECG during anesthetic procedures so that our surgical team can closely monitor the functioning of the heart while the patient is under anesthesia.

Oxygen Therapy for Pets

Emergency patients often require oxygen therapy. Our doctors and staff are trained to efficiently and effectively administer oxygen to patients with symptoms indicating respiratory shock or distress. Oxygen is administered through masks that are designed specifically to fit cats and dogs. When appropriate, we may use nasal catheters and tubes to deliver oxygen directly into a patient’s airway and to maintain delivery over a period of time. Patients who commonly require oxygen therapy include those with respiratory distress, hyperthermia, pulmonary hypertension, seizures, pets hit by a car, head trauma, pulmonary contusions, congestive heart failure, anemia, shock, smoke inhalation or lung disease.

Transfusion Therapy

Occasionally, veterinary patients need blood transfusions. Blood loss resulting from trauma, poisoning or disease is very risky and likely will lead to death if not resolved. There are several types of blood products used in transfusions. The type of blood product that is recommended depends upon the cause of the blood loss. Blood products can be purchased from veterinary blood banks or obtained from donor animals. The donor blood is tested for blood type and, when time allows, a variety of diseases that could be transmitted during a transfusion. A transfusion is a critical, life-saving treatment but there can be risks. Patients can have reactions to transfusions. We follow all appropriate procedures to minimize risk to our patients. We cross match samples before transfusing to decrease the chances of a reaction. We also closely monitor our patients during transfusions so that if a reaction occurs, it is caught quickly and treated immediately.