Advanced diagnostic services are especially important in veterinary practice because your animal is not able to tell us where it hurts or how he or she feels. Veterinarians rely on various diagnostic procedures and lab tests to gain a complete picture of your pet’s health.
During your pet’s annual exam at Northern Liberties Veterinary Center, we allow ample time for the veterinarian to discuss your pet’s condition and answer your questions. If a wellness exam reveals potential concerns, our advanced diagnostic equipment helps your veterinarian make a complete and accurate diagnosis. Some of our diagnostic services include:
Our in-house pet diagnostic laboratory allows us to detect diseases and conditions such as intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, heartworm disease, Lyme disease and feline leukemia. Having an in-house lab makes it easier to treat ill pets in a more timely manner as well as screen healthy pets prior to dental and surgical procedures requiring general anesthesia. Routine annual and biannual pet blood testing can help us detect early signs of disease such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference.
For more specialized testing, NLVC has a close working relationship with the Northeast’s most comprehensive reference laboratory for diagnostic purposes. Our veterinarians usually get results within one day, so you don’t have to wait and worry about test results.
Radiographs (pet x-rays) help veterinarians diagnose many potential health problems, including medical problems affecting your pet’s lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, kidneys and bladder. Pet x-rays can also help in diagnosing injuries such as fractures, joint injuries and other orthopedic conditions. As an extra precaution we routinely send our images for review by an on-call, board-certified veterinary radiologist.
At NLVC, we have the capacity to perform in-house abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds. Ultrasound is a pain-free non-invasive technique that uses high frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet’s internal organs and helps us detect diseases not obvious during an external exam.
Echocardiograms are specialized ultrasound images of the heart that create two-dimensional real-time video image of the cardiovascular system that displays the function of the valves in the heart, blood flow through the arteries, and more.
Ears, Eyes, and Skin:
While blood analyzers and X-rays are very important diagnostic tools, the eyes, ears and skin often require specialized equipment and care. NLVC is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic tools to handle these specialized areas of your pet’s body.