Specialty Tests for Your PetKeeping up to date
Detailed medical records, a carefully recorded history of a problem, and a thorough physical examination are often enough to establish a diagnosis.
Sometimes information from special sources is needed. Blood, urine, and fecal tests are routinely done to get an idea of how a pet is doing internally. X-rays are valuable and can offer a look inside the body. Ultrasound is another imaging tool used to explore the inner workings of your pet without the trauma of exploratory surgery.
Idexx Laboratory in Edmonton does the majority of our blood tests. Fast, reliable, and far more accurate than other testing, the professional veterinary clinical pathologists, animal health technologists, and laboratory technicians at Idexx Labs have been working with Yellowhead Veterinary Clinic since the clinic opened.
To ensure that your pet can properly process and eliminate anesthetic agents, and to detect any hidden internal issues, we highly encourage that your pet have pre-anesthetic blood testing performed prior to any anesthetic procedure. This is especially important with older pets who may have underlying organ problems. Another benefit to having the pre-anesthetic blood panel run on your pet is to find out what his or her baseline normal values are, while still healthy.
These tests are done in our clinic by our trained Animal Health Technologist. They can perform urine tests to help diagnose important diseases such as diabetes mellitus and renal insufficiency. Internal parasites are diagnosed by fecal examinations.
The clinic is equipped with an excellent x-ray machine that can provide a look inside the smallest hamster or the largest great dane. X-rays can be sent to veterinary radiologists for second opinions.
A mobile ultrasound service provides service to the Yellowhead Veterinary Clinic. Ultrasounds are another valuable and non-invasive way to look at what is going on inside a pet’s body.