Diagnostic Services at Fieldstone Animal Hospital

Radiology  •  Ultrasound  •  Gastrointestinal Endoscopy  •  In-House Laboratory

Pet XraysRadiology

Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions in your pet. X-rays are useful for assessing your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other body areas. If a lump or growth is found on your pet during an examination, radiographs can often determine the size, shape and location of the mass. An x-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect bladder stones, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body (a bone, toy, or piece of clothing) in your pet's intestine or stomach. X-rays are also useful for diagnosing heart and lung problems and can be used to evaluate hip and elbow dysplasia in dogs.

Fieldstone Animal Hospital has invested in x-ray technology that produces high quality radiographs, allowing us to diagnose your pet's medical condition quickly and accurately.  

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a pain free, non-invasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time moving image of your pet's internal organs. Ultrasound is painless and usually will not require anesthesia or sedation. This exam is typically performed after blood tests, x-rays, and a physical examination have indicated an underlying problem.

We are pleased to partner with our mobile ultrasound specialist, who comes to Fieldstone Animal Hospital and performs the procedure. Ultrasound allows us to see things that cannot be visualized with radiographs. For example, a radiograph of your pet’s abdomen may show enlargement of the liver but does not tell us why it is enlarged. An ultrasound is a complementary test that allows us to see the structure of the liver in greater detail and identify specific lesions or masses. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, an important diagnostic test for animals with heart disease, that allows us to formulate the best treatment plan.

Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

An endoscope is composed of a long thin tube, light source, camera, and viewing eyepiece. There are two channels within the tube. One is for passing instruments, allowing for the removal of foreign objects, collection of biopsy samples, and removal of small polyps or tumors. Air or water can be passed through the other channel for better viewing of the tissue or organ.

The endoscope allows us to diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Depending on the symptoms, it is used to look at the inner lining of the esophagus, stomach, intestine and colon. Endoscopy is used to obtain biopsies, look for cancer of the esophagus or stomach, and to remove foreign bodies from the stomach without surgery.

Even though general anesthesia is required for an endoscopic procedure, it is much less invasive for your pet than traditional surgery. The procedure takes less time, there is no surgical incision, and there is low occurrence of complications.

At Fieldstone Animal Hospital, we have a mobile specialist who performs endoscopies for our patients, ensuring highly specialized, optimal, and state-of-the art care.

Laboratory for Veterinary TestingIn-House Laboratory

When we need to rely on diagnostic tests in order to make an accurate diagnosis, we are very grateful for our in-house diagnostic laboratory at Fieldstone Animal Hospital. Your pet's test results are often ready within a matter of minutes.

Our laboratory is capable of processing a variety of tests, including CBC/chemistry, urinalysis, fecal analysis, cytology, heartworm and tick borne illness screening (such as lyme, ehrlichia, and  anaplasmosis), feline viral disease screening (feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus), pancreatitis blood test, and parvovirus. Your pet's laboratory test results are analyzed and interpreted by our team of specially trained veterinary technicians, enabling us to provide fast, accurate treatment for your pet.

Below are basic descriptions of some important diagnostic tests:

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

CBC measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a sample of blood. The numbers of each type of cell provides information to help diagnose anemia, infections and leukemia. If your pet is undergoing treatment for a condition, a complete blood count can help your veterinarian monitor how your pet is responding to the treatment.

Blood-Chemistry Panel (Chem Profile)

A blood-chemistry panel measures electrolytes, enzymes and chemical elements of your pet's blood. Included in a chem profile are important components such as calcium and phosphorous levels, liver enzymes, glucose and total protein. These measurements help us determine how your pet's organs are functioning. Blood-chemistry panels aid in the diagnosis and treatment of illness, in addition to monitoring your pet's response to treatment. A blood-chemistry panel often screens for potential problems and risks before anesthesia is administered.

Fecal Examination (Fecal)

Fecal analysis lets us diagnosis problems and diseases, including difficulties with digestion, internal bleeding and pancreatic disorders. Most importantly, a fecal examination confirms the presence of intestinal parasites, including roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm and giardia. A fecal examination is part of your pet's complete wellness examination.

Urinalysis (UA)

Laboratory testing of your pet's urine can help detect the presence of specific substances that normally do not appear in urine, including protein, sugar, white blood cells or blood. Measuring the dilution or concentration of urine helps us diagnose illnesses such as urinary tract infections, diabetes, dehydration, kidney problems and other medical conditions.