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Diagnostic Tools

While our Cleveland veterinarians begin with a physical exam to diagnose how your pet is doing, we also have a variety of advanced veterinary diagnostic tools to enhance our doctors’ senses (at least 4 of the 5 as they don’t typically taste anything). Our Digital Thermal Camera is the first (and only one) available to Cleveland, small animal veterinarians.


Advanced Diagnostic Tools helps us to determine the problem with your pet as quickly, and inexpensively, as possible so we can heal your pet when sick or injured fast. These tools can also help identify issues before they become major problems.


Click on the topic below to learn more about our advanced diagnostic tools and how they can help your pet:


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Digital Radiology

We have both a digital general purpose x-ray and a digital dental x-ray, just like the hospital and your dentist. While we have seen thousands of x-rays, we are one of only a few small animal veterinary hospitals in Cleveland that uses Vet-Rad, a board-certified radiology specialty practice to provide us reading results. Typically, we’ll have results within 4 hours of submitting an x-ray to Vet-Rad. Click here to see a sample Vet-Rad report

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We have a “state of the art”, veterinary in-house laboratory supplemented by several “outside” labs. Generally, when we need quick results we will use our in-house equipment. When we need special tests or routine tests that aren’t time sensitive we will use one of our outside labs. Our practice management software also allows us to trend lab results to help us see progress over time. Click here to see a sample dog lab report.

Here are some of the typical tests done here:

  1. Blood workgives our medical team a “window in to the body” to look at both the blood and the functioning of the internal organs. It can tell us if your pet has been infected with certain diseases, such as, heartworm, feline leukemia, and parvovirus. It is also used to regulate insulin, thyroid, or seizure medications. Periodic blood work is also done for certain NSAIDsB. Urine Testscan also be used for a variety of reasons, including detecting urinary tract disorders, kidney stones, and dehydration. It can also be used to determine if your pet has kidney problems or may be suggestive of diabetes.C. Fecal Tests are used to detect parasitic eggs and bacteria. We recommend that your pet get their stool tested twice a year.D. EKG – The EKG, or Electrocardiogram, monitors the electrical activity of the heart. It can help determine the reason for irregular heartbeats and abnormal heart sounds, and determine heart dysfunction in pets that have no external signs of heart disease.F. Blood Pressure – Elevated blood pressure is a very serious complication of heart and kidney disease. Heart disease, kidney disease, anesthesia, position of your pet, fluid administration and fluid losses can all affect your pet’s blood pressure. Blood pressure monitors can also be used to monitor your pet’s blood pressure while your pet is under anesthesia.

    G. Eye Tests – We can do a variety of eye tests to determine if your pet has scratched his or her eye, has glaucoma, or has problems with the tear ducts.


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Thermal Imaging/Infrared Imaging – Seeing Pain in a Different Light

Digital Thermal Imaging has been around for about 30 years, in fact, this technology has been used for women’s breast cancer screens. Only recently has it been applied to small animal medicine. The Thermal Imaging Camera takes an infrared picture of your pet. It helps us in the following ways:

  1. Helps locate pain and inflammation
  2. Discovers secondary problem areas not seen by naked eye
  3. Discovers lack of circulation
  4. Allows us to see before, during, and after treatment results
  5. Improves our ability to target specific areas needing treatment
  6. Its completely safe
  7. Its inexpensive

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We’ve teamed up with Imaging4Pets to provide high-end ultrasounds, both for the abdomen and the heart, at a relatively low price. The “Ultrasound” is read by a board-certified radiologist or cardiologist who provides us results typically in 4 hours or less.

While our doctor will let you know whether an ultrasound is appropriate for your pet here are some of the reasons we may recommend your pet get an Ultrasound:

  • Abdominal discomfort.
  • Abdominal distension
  • Abdominal mass
  • Chronic vomiting
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Jaundice
  • Persistent anorexia.
  • Persistent estrus.
  • Pleural effusion
  • Vaginal discharge.
  • Weight loss.


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