Advanced Veterinary Diagnostics
When the cause of a pet’s illness is difficult to see, effective diagnostic services become invaluable. Diagnostic testing and imaging can help diagnose complex issues and pinpoint the hard-to-see causes of illnesses. Our Branson animal hospital is fully equipped with digital radiography equipment and a state-of-the-art diagnostics laboratory. The quicker we discover the root of your pet’s problems, the quicker we get them on the road to recovery.
Many are familiar with radiography, or X-rays, but have you heard about the benefits of digital radiography? Digital radiography is the latest development in X-ray technology. These X-rays use significantly less radiation than their traditional counterparts, making them safer and more efficient. Additionally, the images they produce have better clarity than X-rays taken with film and the results are available to view in a matter of minutes. Digital radiography is painless and non-invasive. Pets do not need anesthesia to be X-rayed, though mild sedation is sometimes necessary to ensure a clear image.
At Shepherd of the Hills Veterinary Clinic, we use digital radiography to analyze a number of conditions including:
- Suspected fractures
- Unresolved limps
- Suspected cancer
- Back or joint pain
- Foreign bodies
We process and view all our X-rays in-house. If a case is particularly complex, we can send images out to an off-site radiology specialist, who will return results in about 24 hours.
In-House Diagnostics Lab
Shepherd of the Hills Veterinary Clinic is home to a complete diagnostics laboratory which allows us to run a multitude of tests in a matter of minutes. This capability is very useful for normal illness diagnosis and wellness exams, but it is invaluable in emergency cases. Every minute counts in an emergency and being able to run tests and receive results within an hour, instead of a day can make all the difference.
Our hospital is capable of running all the following tests in-house:
- Complete Blood Counts
- Blood chemistry
- Thyroid testing
- Blood clotting
- Fecal analysis
- Skin scrapings
- Ear and skin cytology