After your veterinarian completes a thorough physical examination, your veterinarian may recommend further diagnostic testing. Best Friends Animal Hospital has sophisticated in-hospital diagnostic tools that provide detailed information about your dog or cat’s condition including an in-house laboratory and digital x-rays. Our on-site laboratory allows us to obtain rapid results when dealing with time sensitive critical illnesses or in emergency situations.
Digital radiology is an imaging tool that provides a non-invasive method of examining your dog or cat’s internal organs and internal systems such as muscular-skeletal, cardiopulmonary (heart and lungs), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. The image quality of a digital x-ray is much higher than a film x-ray and there is no time lost in processing the image. The digital images can be visualized within a few seconds following exposure, allowing us to diagnose and treat your pet rapidly. Digital radiology is environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals to contaminate water systems and it decreases radiation exposure to your pet as images can be visualized in seconds and manipulated via a computer.
Our in-house laboratory can provide our doctors rapid results of blood testing, fecal screenings, urinalysis, heartworm tests (dogs), leukemia/FIV tests (cats) pre-surgical blood chemistry profiles, among other tests.
Blood Pressure Monitoring.
Accurate blood pressure monitoring allows us to assess your pet’s condition while under anesthesia, if he or she is experiencing shock, or in other critical situations. It is also used during routine check-ups to provide a baseline blood pressure reading.
We use a state-of-the art ECG machine for monitoring blood pressure, respiration, heart activity, oxygen saturation and temperature during all surgical procedures.