For quick results, we have an in-house laboratory where we can run a variety of tests. We usually get results within 30 minutes for complete blood counts, general chemistries, electrolytes, and some urine and fecal tests.
While we do offer a wide range of on-site testing, it’s possible your pet may need laboratory work beyond our scope. For those cases, we are happy to send blood work or other testing to an outside lab that will send results back to us.
>>Digital Radiography (X-rays)
We have digital in-house radiography (also known as X-rays) and the ability to send the images to a board-certified radiologist when needed. Radiographs use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight internal organs or foreign objects. They can detect abnormalities like skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and dental disease.
Some radiographs require the patient remain completely still, so sedation may be necessary. If so, the duration of sedation is usually short and patient recovery is swift.
Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory, skeletal, and gastrointestinal systems. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds can help identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage and other internal injuries.
Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds usually require some sedation because the patient must remain completely still.
Sleeping Giant Animal Clinic uses microscopes to view blood and animal fecal samples or animal fluids. Our hospital most commonly uses them to check fecal samples for parasites, diagnose skin conditions, take a closer look at urine samples (urinalysis), and other cytologies. Masses and tumors may require further investigation by taking a biopsy and sending it to our outside lab for full histopathology.
Injuries from objects striking the eyes or chemicals coming in contact with your pet’s eyes are serious and should be seen by Sleeping Giant Animal Clinic immediately. Less serious eye infections are usually treated with medication.
We can test for various ocular conditions and offer comprehensive eye exams including:
- Schirmer Tear Test
- Fluorescein staining
- Rebound tonometry
- Indirect ophthalmoscopy
- Treatment of eye conditions and diseases (glaucoma)
Have questions about diagnostics or need to make an appointment for your pet? Call us at (406) 333-7001.