Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Veterinary Diagnostics in Palmyra, PA
Electromagnetic radiation and other technologies are used for diagnostic imaging. This allows us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal organs.
At Palmyra Animal Clinic's veterinary diagnostic lab, we leverage advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical condition. We offer a range of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound, surgical lasers and more.
With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we're able to produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's medical issues and provide immediate treatment options.
In-House Lab & Pet Pharmacy in Palmyra, PA
We perform tests and receive results quickly in our in-house laboratory so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and start treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Palmyra is stocked with a range of prescription diets and medications, providing us with quick access to any medications your pet may need while in our care.
Our Veterinary Diagnostic Services
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab we are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing to allow our vets to provide an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
- Radiography (Digital X-Rays)
We can use a radiograph (digital X-Ray) to examine your pet's internal systems to reveal data that may not be visible to the naked eye.
Radiography is a safe, painless and non-invasive procedure that uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is so low, even pregnant females and very young pets can have this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and to diagnose conditions including bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, chronic arthritis, fractured bones and some tumors.
With diagnostic imaging, our team of veterinary professionals can create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
Ultrasound imaging allows us to expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, we're able to see the structures and movement of your pet's internal organs, in addition to blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your cat or dog's condition can quickly be diagnosed and treatment can begin sooner.
- Surgical Lasers
In veterinary laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam is used to efficiently vaporize or chip away at the tissue. As the laser performs this task it also seals the capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings.
Surgical lasers can reduce bleeding, pain, and your pet's risk of infection, leading to a shorter recovery period for many of our patients.
- Cold Laser Therapy
Veterinary cold laser therapy uses a low-intensity laser or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to help stimulate and enhance cell function, relieve pain and improve healing in dogs and cats.
Numerous uncomfortable conditions have been shown to improve with laser therapy treatment, including arthritis symptoms, muscle spasms and muscle and joint pain.
At our vet lab in Palmyra we are able to run a number of common and specialized blood tests to determine the health of your pet, and to diagnose illness.
Some of the most common veterinary blood tests we do are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile.
Urinalysis is a key diagnostic test that provides your vet with essential insights into the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to assess the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be helpful in detecting issues in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This is a valuable diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in any comprehensive evaluation of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be done at our in-house vet lab in Palmyra.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any GI infections that could be compromising your pet's health and even the health of your family. Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.
- CT Scans
CT (computed tomography) Scans combine X-Ray images and computer technology to help us identify and diagnose numerous diseases and disorders in your pet's body. They have become an essential imaging tool used in veterinary medicine.
- ECG / EKG
If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure can be completed easily and quickly. It reveals data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog is suffering periodontal disease, much of this damage occurs below the gum line where it can't be easily seen. Digital dental X-Rays help our veterinarians assess your pet's oral health.
Digital X-Rays are safer for your pet. They allow our team of veterinary professionals to examine roots, bones and internal anatomy of your cat or dog's teeth.
With digital X-Rays, the risk of radiation exposure for your pet is significantly lower than with traditional X-Ray technology. We are able to see below the surface of your pet's gum line to fully evaluate each tooth.
This technology allows your Palmyra vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.