Learning More About Your Pet's Health with Diagnostics
Without the aid of diagnostics, many aspects of your pet’s health would be a mystery to us. To accurately evaluate their condition, we need to understand what's going on internally. At Myers Animal Clinic, our goal is to always be as thorough as possible when examining our patients. With pet diagnostics, we can learn much more about your pet’s health and thus be more proactive with their treatment.
Our in-house pet diagnostics lab gives us the ability to perform many different tests and screens, including:
- Chemistry panels
- CBC (complete blood count)
- Heartworm tests
- FeLV (feline leukemia) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) testing
- Fecal testing
We use the most up-to-date analyzing equipment to study blood, urine, fecal, and tissue samples efficiently. If your pet cannot wait 24 hours or more for their test results, our in-house tests are their best option. We can obtain results in under an hour, which is extremely beneficial for pets that are ill.
For further testing in non-urgent situations, we utilize an outside laboratory.
In-Depth Digital X-Ray Exams
Myers Animal Clinic is proud to offer digital X-ray for faster, more accurate imaging. Digital has many advantages over film, including image clarity, speed, and an overall less-stressful experience for our patients. It can help us diagnose a variety of issues such as:
- Broken bones
- Arthritic joints
- An enlarged heart
- Abdominal disorders
In addition to our laboratory and digital X-ray tools, we also have access to a professional ultrasonographer. They visit us weekly by appointment to perform ultrasounds on any pets that need them and can help us diagnose:
- Cysts and tumors
- Tendon and muscle issues
- Heart conditions
- Changes with the abdominal organs
With ultrasound, sound waves are transmitted through a probe device placed directly on the skin. The sound waves “bounce” off the internal organs, creating echoes that are converted into a moving image on the viewing screen.
Timely Diagnostics Equals Early Detection
Early detection is a key factor in treating pets effectively. Healthy pets also benefit, since they may be harboring early signs of an issue that has yet to develop fully. If we catch these issues early, we can take care of them right away and prevent serious problems in the future.
Call (217) 525-9556 if you have concerns about your pet’s health or need to request an exam.