Taking a Closer Look with Pet Diagnostics in North Charleston
A physical exam on its own is not always a sufficient means of fully assessing your pet’s health. In cases where we need to diagnose an illness or injury or get a more in-depth look at your pet’s internal systems, pet diagnostics come to the forefront. At Charleston Heights Veterinary Clinic, we utilize diagnostics to make sure pets are healthy prior to surgery, help us pinpoint the cause(s) of underlying problems, and check for parasites. We also perform routine diagnostics on senior pets to monitor their health and catch disease in its preliminary stages.
Pet Diagnostic Services at Our Animal Hospital
We offer a full range of pet diagnostic services so we can provide for your pet’s needs in every way possible. We’re pleased to have technology and resources available that allow us to take extra steps towards treating your pet and keeping them well. Our diagnostic services include:
- Heartworm testing
- Feline heartworm testing
- Liver/kidney/diabetes screening
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Feline leukemia testing
- Urinalysis with sedimentation
- Fecal testing
- Radiography (X-rays)
- Referral laboratory testing (send out to IDEXX)
Our in-house diagnostic laboratory here in North Charleston allows us to run a variety of tests during or right after appointments for quicker results. For less urgent tests, we send samples out to IDEXX laboratories—these tests include thyroid, electrolytes, and other routine/yearly blood work. Results take about 24 hours to return to us.
Radiography, or pet X-rays, give our vets the opportunity to search for clues to your pet’s condition by taking images of their bones and internal organs without harming the surrounding tissues. They can detect many different things, such as:
- Broken/fractured bones
- Signs of arthritis
- Foreign bodies
- Issues of the lungs and heart
We’re Dedicated to Making the Best Diagnosis
In some cases, we may use several different methods in conjunction to make the most accurate diagnosis. Our primary objective is to find the problem and treat it accordingly, in as timely a fashion as we are capable. Your veterinarian will discuss all of your pet’s test results with you in clear detail, and outline potential treatment options. Awaiting a diagnosis can be stressful, so please be sure to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.