Florida Animal Care has the capability of performing a wide range of diagnostic tests in our hospital. This not only assists our Veterinarians in determining the cause of your pet's illness; it also gives us a wellness baseline of what your healthy pet's normal blood values are.
Our extensive in-house laboratory allows us to have results of many different blood tests in a short period of time. We are equipped to run a Complete Blood Count, which gives us red and white blood cell counts to look for things such as underlying infection or anemia. Our Chemistry machine evaluates kidney and liver function as well as electrolytes. We can also run a Urinalysis, test Pancreatic function, and test for Heartworm Disease, Tick-borne diseases, and Intestinal Parasites. For more in-depth, extensive testing we use an outside laboratory and often have results in less than 24 hours.
Radiographs, or X-rays, help our veterinarians evaluate musculoskeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. Our on-site equipment allows us to provide the images that assist in diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner. We utilize state of the art digital radiography (x-ray) equipment, which provides quicker, clearer and faster images than film x-ray. Like a digital photo, a digital radiograph can be manipulated after it is taken, allowing our team to highlight the image in ways that are not possible with traditional film x-ray. Digital Radiography is environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals to contaminate water systems and it decreases radiation exposure to your pet as images can be manipulated via a computer as opposed to having to take additional x-rays. We are also have the ability to use telemedicine in order to have consults with board certified radiologists.
Digital dental radiography allows us to visualize the internal anatomy of your pet's teeth along with the roots and surrounding bone. This allows us to diagnose bone loss or hidden disease that may be present in the tooth roots and jawbone areas that may not have been visible during our thorough oral exam prior to the dental procedure.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology that uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart and abdominal organs. As the sound waves travel into the body they return three dimensional images (length, width and depth) of certain internal organs allowing for depth dimension of the organ and good visualization of the edges of the organ. Ultrasound returns results in real time. Pregnancy exams utilizing ultrasound technology are also available.
Applination tonometry allows us to measure intraocular pressure. This helps is diagnose glaucoma and other eye conditions.
Blood pressure values produce a tremendous amount of useful information to the veterinarian. Florida Animal Care has both Doppler and oscillometric blood pressure measurement devices.
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