Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common, useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Vine Animal Hospital, we use X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know.
To provide you with the highest-quality veterinary care for your pet, we have invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:
- They can be immediately viewed on a computer monitor
- The clear, detailed images can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, leading to a faster, more accurate diagnosis
- They take less time to process, which means less time for your pet on the X-ray table (and less stress), and less waiting time for you
- No harsh chemicals are needed to develop the images, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment
- If a second opinion is necessary, digital X-rays can be emailed to a specialist
Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, in part because we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.
Performing preventive medicine and diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results, it is often difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.
Vine Animal Hospital has one of the best in-house diagnostic laboratories in the Fulton County area. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.
Laboratory testing allows our veterinarians to obtain important information for assessing your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive, expensive procedures. At Vine Animal Hospital, we maintain an advanced in-house laboratory and regularly perform tests during your pet's wellness exam or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue.
For example, diagnostic testing can detect Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Early blood testing can show evidence of disease such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference.