Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
We use electromagnetic radiation in addition to various other technologies for diagnostic imaging. This helps our vets acquire extremely detailed images of your cat or dog's internal structures.
At Smith Animal Hospital, we have a range of advanced tools at our disposal to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your pet's symptoms. We offer many services including digital radiology, ultrasound, and veterinary blood tests.
With our diagnostic imaging abilities, we can effectively obtain accurate diagnostic information about your cat or dog's condition and give you immediate options for treatment.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Houston County
We can implement a range of diagnostic tests and get results back almost immediately with our in-house vet lab so we can diagnose your pet's condition and start treatment quickly.
Our pet pharmacy in Houston County contains many prescription diets and medications, that give us immediate access to any medications your pet may require while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, we can offer you advanced diagnostic testing services to accurately diagnose your pet's medical problem and prescribe the appropriate treatments.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
With a radiograph (digital X-ray), our team can evaluate the internal systems of your pet to uncover information that could be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is non-invasive, safe, and painless. It only utilizes very low doses of radiation. Because the radiation exposure levels needed to conduct radiography are so low very young pets and pregnant females can have this procedure done.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and some tumors.
Diagnostic imaging lets our vets take highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
When conducting ultrasound imaging, we expose part of your pet's body to high-frequency sound waves to capture images of the body's insides.
Since ultrasound images are captured in real-time, we are able to see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, including the blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our team in our in-house lab means that your pet's condition can be diagnosed quickly, so treatment can begin sooner.
With our vet lab in Houston County we can conduct a handful of blood tests to evaluate the health of your cat or dog and diagnose their condition.
A few of the veterinary blood tests we conduct most often are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a critical diagnostic test that offers your vet key insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Our vets generally use urinalysis to evaluate the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also help them detect problems in other organ systems and is integral for diagnosing metabolic diseases like diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive assessment of your cat or dog's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, that can be completed in our in-house vet lab in Houston County.
The main goal of a fecal exam is to detect and treat any GI infections that might be compromising your cat or dog's health and possibly the health of your family. Fecals help your vet find out if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Because these parasites reside in the gastrointestinal tract of your pet, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Yearly fecal exams should be included in all of your pet's routine wellness checkups.
- ECG / EKG
If your vet conducts a wellness exam and believes your pet might have a heart disorder, they will probably take chest X-rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure can be implemented fast and easily. It uncovers data that could be integral to your pet's diagnosis. Sometimes, a cardiac ultrasound will be needed to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your pet is suffering from periodontal disease, most of the damage will be happening below the gum line where it can't be seen easily. Digital dental X-rays help your vet evaluate the oral health of your pet.
Digital X-rays are safe for your pet. They let your veterinarian assess the roots, bones and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
With digital X-rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-ray technology. We are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.
This technology allows your Houston County vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.