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In-House Diagnostics from Our Veterinarians in Winnipeg

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When your pet's health needs checking, concerned owners want quick, correct results so their beloved animals can get any treatment they may need. That's why our veterinarians in Winnipeg maintain an array of state-of-the-art in-house diagnostic services, including: 

Lab Work

Lab work is a standard part of any routine wellness exam; it's also performed when pets are brought to our animal hospital suffering from a suspected internal or systemic emergency. Samples are taken and processed in our in-house laboratory for prompt, accurate results that enable us to administer the right treatment right away. Lab tests may include:

  • Blood testing - Blood samples can hold a wealth of information about your pet's current state of health. CBC (complete blood count) and chemistry panel testing can reveal abnormal organ function, diseases, infections and other issues.

  • Urine testing - Urine testing helps us check for conditions such as diabetes, urinary tract infections, kidney failure and other problems. You may also hear this form of testing referred to as urinalysis.

  • Fecal testing - Fecal testing may be ordered to check for the presence of parasites, including many types of worms. (The exception is heartworm, which is tested via blood sample instead.) This routine testing is usually begun at an early stage as an essential element of puppy and kitten wellness.

X-Ray Imaging

Pet X-ray imaging is a quick and effective method for looking inside the body to observe injuries or other forms of damage that may not be apparent in an external inspection. When X-rays rays are directed onto your pet's body, softer structures allow these rays to pass onto a photographic plate on the other side, while harder structures block their passage. Pet x-ray imaging is especially helpful for spotting problems such as dental deterioration, fractures, bladder/kidney stones and ingested foreign objects.

If you're worried about exposing your pet to harmful radiation, rest assured that our veterinarians in Winnipeg uses only the minimal exposure times necessary to capture x-ray images. When prescribed and administered correctly, the potential benefits of a pet x-ray can far outweigh any minimal risk involved in obtaining them.

Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound is yet another form of diagnostic imaging. Instead of using light or radiation, however, ultrasound achieves its images through the emission of sound waves. These sound waves bounce off of certain structures while penetrating others. The reflections can then be viewed as a detailed image of the inside of the body.

Ultrasound imaging can capture subtle gradations and anomalies in soft tissues more revealingly than x-ray imaging. It can also capture real-time images in motion on a video monitor, allowing our veterinarians in Winnipeg to observe the movements of fetuses in a womb, et cetera.

Get Your Pet Checked With Our Winnipeg Veterinarians

Take advantage of the sophisticated in-house diagnostics available at our animal hospital -- for your best friend's sake. Contact Southglen Veterinary Hospital to schedule an evaluation!