Diagnostic Services

Radiology

Veterinary x-rays are a powerful and useful tool. Detailed digital images are taken and can be displayed on a computer almost immediately, which means we can diagnose a wide range of medical conditions quickly and accurately.

This is why we have a state-of-the-art digital veterinary x-ray machine by IDEXX, the leading manufacturer of this type of equipment in the country.

Digital x-rays can also be saved to a disk, or emailed to you as part of your pet's home medical record. Images can be easily shared via email with specialists when a second opinion or additional diagnosis is needed.

Your pet's time on the x-ray table is also reduced because fewer images need to be taken.

Digital x-rays eliminate the need to use toxic chemicals in the film development process, decreasing the risk of exposure to our staff and the environment.

ultrasoundUltrasound

Ultrasound is an essential diagnostic tool because it allows us a look at your pet's heart and internal organs without surgery or sedation.

Ultrasound is invaluable for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease, assessing the function and health of internal organs, identifying lesions and determining their origin and to see if they have spread to other areas of the body.

Ultrasound is also a very powerful surgical aid. It can help guide us while obtaining a biopsy or removing a foreign object from your pet.

In most cases, the procedure is relatively brief and your pet is able to go home the very same day.

Glaucoma

Your pet can develop glaucoma, too. This is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged causing loss of vision and blindness. Glaucoma that develops as your pet ages is known as chronic glaucoma, or it can be the result of an injury or illness, which is known as acute glaucoma.

Glaucoma can progress quite rapidly, especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness. This can be considered an emergency situation.

Glaucoma symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudiness of the eye
  • Bulging eyeball

We recommend that you have your pet checked regularly for this condition. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but can also help set a baseline measurement for your pet. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal intraocular pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

We use an instrument called a "tonometer" to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet's eyes. It is a noninvasive procedure and should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We will apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

The examination is very quick and we will explain your pet's measurement, the health of your pet's eyes and treatment options.

LaboratoryOur Veterinary Lab

One of the most important aspects of any preventive medicine regimen is the ability to analyze how well your pet's internal organs and processes are functioning. Are the kidneys and liver doing their jobs at removing waste from the blood stream? Does your pet have internal parasites?

Laboratory testing allows us a view inside your pet's body without the need for invasive or expensive procedures. This is why Pitman Animal Hospital maintains an in-house laboratory and regularly tests your pet during wellness exams or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue. Our laboratory allows us to perform urinalysis, parasite identification, EKGs, fungal cultures, complete blood count, blood chemistry testing, electrolytes and more. In some cases, we can receive results within minutes.

We also perform testing prior to procedures that require anesthesia. This is a precautionary step to reveal any underlying problems your pet may have, thus reducing the likelihood of anesthetic or surgical complications.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a method of non-invasively looking inside the esophagus, stomach and intestines by passing a tiny camera on a tube through the mouth into the upper gastrointestinal tract. With upper endoscopy or gastroduodenoscopy we can:

  • Visualize and examine the inner surface of the esophagus, stomach and intestines,
  • remove foreign body material from the stomach and esophagus,
  • and collect biopsies of the stomach and intestines.

We also perform rhinoscopies (for the nasal tract), colonoscopies and bronchoscopies (for airways).

We use a state-of-the-art Pentax endoscope.