Diagnostics

Our staff of expert veterinary doctors and skilled vet assistants and technicians are ready to help with your diagnostic needs. Contact us today to learn more.

in Sumner

Full In-House Blood Work

Our pets age at a more rapid rate than we do, which means potentially hazardous health issues can seemingly show up without warning and be catastrophic to your pet’s overall health. That is why the Sumner Veterinary Hospital recommends annual blood testing as part of preventative annual wellness plans. Your pet’s physical examination along with these simple blood tests can create a baseline measure of your pets vital organ function.

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Digital X-Rays

One of the most common and valuable medical diagnostic tools is radiography or x-rays. X-rays are highly useful for screening areas of the body that have contrasting tissue densities or when evaluating solid tissues. Our hospital is equipped to perform routine Digital radiology services to identify many types of illness or injury when pets are sick or suffer a trauma.

X-rays can be used to detect a variety of ailments including arthritis, tumors and lung abnormalities including pneumonia, bladder and kidney stones. They are also used to evaluate bone damage, organ integrity and identify foreign objects that may have been ingested. Our veterinarians may recommend x-rays as a part of a diagnostic procedure if your pet is experiencing any health conditions or as preventive measure in a routine senior wellness examination.

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Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that enables an in-depth view of your pet's organs. The ultrasound allows for the evaluation of internal organs, detecting alterations in abdominal organs and assisting in the recognition of free fluid,cysts and tumors. With the ability for real-time monitoring, ultrasounds are also utilized for pregnancy diagnosis and development monitoring. Many times x-rays, which reveal the size, dimensions and position of the organ, will be utilized in combination with an ultrasound.

Ultrasound also allows for guided collection of tissue samples (liver, kidney, spleen, intestines, etc) to help diagnose specific conditions. Anesthesia or sedation is not usually necessary to perform an ultrasound. With the ability to obtain real time information, outcomes can often be determined immediately.

Video Otoscopy

Ear infections are one of the most common ailments. Video otoscopy allows for much better visualization of the entire ear and middle ear. It also allows for targeted cleaning and treatments of the ear canal, including treatments of middle ear. Video otoscopic images are saved to help guide the treatment progress.

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Electrocardiograms

Electrocardiograms are a valuable tool in assessing heart health and presence of electrical conduction abnormalities. It is one of basic diagnostics when assessing heart function and is commonly recommended before anesthetic procedures.

Our Electrocardiograms are assessed by Board Certified Cardiologists through telemedicine. Electrocardiograms are an integral part of any anesthetic procedure at Sumner Veterinary Hospital.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Like in people abnormal blood pressure can lead to a multitude of serious health conditions including acute blindness, strokes, kidney and other organ damage. We recommend routinely checking the blood pressure in our older pets. And blood pressure monitoring is an integral part of any anesthetic procedure at Sumner Veterinary Hospital.

Cytology

Cytology is a simple but an important diagnostic tool in helping to diagnose may different condition. Starting from simple benign skin growths, different types of discharge, skin scrapings for parasites, impression smears, ear infection identification cytology, blood smears, etc. Samples for cytology can be acquired with a swab, a small needle or skin sraping placed on a glass slide. The samples are reviewed under a magnification with a microscope to help identify specific types of cells or organisms to aid in the diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

Allergy Testing

Allergies is a very common ailment affecting our pets. Common signs of allergies are itching, skin irritation, ear infections, eye discharge, cough, etc. Allergies can be caused by multitude of allergens including but not limited to fleas, food and other environmental factor. We partner with Heska to offer allergy testing for the most common environmental allergens. The result not only can help to identify the cause of allergies, but a specific desensitizing ant-allergy vaccine can be made to help resolve the signs of allergies.

PennHip and OFA Certifications

There are several pre-preding or general assessments studies available. The Penn Hip is the most scientifically sound study to assess the hip joint in pets.

The OFA has been the standard, and has other certifications like elbow, patella, heart, eyes, etc. Please read this article comparing the two methods.

Fecal Parasite Testing

Intestinal parasites can be a troublesome concern, especially for very young animals. Many pets are born with worms, and pets remain susceptible to the harmful parasites throughout their lives. Worms live inside your pet, making the symptoms difficult to pinpoint, and are therefore detected through a fecal analysis. Internal parasites can not only harm your pet, but many can also be transferred to children and adults, making them sick as well.

Our hospital recommends performing a fecal analysis on all new pets. If your pet does have a parasite problem, our veterinarians can provide you with different medications and treatments to remedy the problem and steer your pet back to good health. Preventive care is key, because of the damages presented by intestinal parasites to both pets and people. Our primary focus is to provide your pet with the safest and most effective ongoing preventive care.

Holter Monitor

Holter monitor is an small device that continually records the electrical activity of the heart, usually for 24-48 hours. It is used to identify intermittent episodes of cardiac (heart) arrhythmias, in order to diagnose and help treat pet with occult heart disease.

The Holter monitor is carried in a little vest that is fitted to your pet. The data gathered from the monitor is then sent to a Board Certified cardiologist for further interpretation and specific recommendations.