Phone: 703-753-4444

Fax: 703-753-4446

5371 Merchants View Square
Haymarket, VA 20169

Dominion Valley Animal Hospital

Veterinary Diagnostic Testing at DVAH

Diagnostic Care

General Services

At DVAH, we are serious about early detection of disease to ensure the best chance of a successful outcome to a treatment plan for your pet. Our diagnostic services include an on-site laboratory, ultrasound, endoscopy and x-ray equipment. Our in-house laboratory and radiology equipment allows us to provide extensive diagnostic care during a regularly scheduled wellness exam as well.

Your pet’s health and comfort are our highest priority. When your pet has a medical problem, our staff will determine how urgently it needs to be addressed. Patients in life threatening conditions are admitted immediately and receive intensive care from our experienced veterinarians and staff. If patients are in significant discomfort but not in immediate danger, we’ll make every possible effort to see them on a same-day basis.

Once your pet has been seen by our professionals, they will share with you their initial assessment of the problem and discuss with you recommendations for further diagnosis and treatment options. When in the best interest of your pet, we will provide a referral recommendation to specialty and unique service providers available in the area.

We utilize advanced technology to help diagnose your pet’s medical issues, including:

  • Endoscopy
    • Minimally-invasive procedure that aids us in the diagnosis of disease and in emergency situations.
    • Allows us to view inside your pet’s body and visualize the organs and internal systems without performing surgery
    • Involves the use of endoscopes, or small camera, which can be guided throughout your pet’s body via small incisions or naturally existing orifices
    • We are able to take biopsies utilizing specialized instruments
    • Most pets go home the day of the procedure and usually do not experience pain or discomfort following the procedure
    • EX: Bladder biopsy, vaginoscopy, rhinoscopy and octoscopy
  • ECG and blood pressure monitoring
    • Helps assess cardiac rhythm and function
    • Helps detect hypertension, and to evaluate and stabilize critically ill pets
    • Provides a baseline reading during comprehensive physical exams for older or sick pets
    • Used to assess pets’ condition while under anesthesia
  • In house laboratory staffed by skilled, trained technicians providing:
    • Complete blood analysis by our state of the art blood analyzer.
    • Fecal analysis for parasites by flotation
    • Urinalysis, including analysis for protein.
    • Screening tests for Canine Parvovirus, and Feline Leukemia and FIV viruses.
    • Cytology examination of ear, skin, urine and blood specimen
    • Fungal cultures for possible ringworm
  • Radiology (x-rays)
    • Useful to assess bone and joint abnormalities and injuries
    • Detects the presence of foreign material inside the body
    • Used to screen for abnormalities in the heart, lungs, and urinary and digestive organs
    • Used to screen for cancer
    • Typically does not require any form of sedation
  • Ultrasound
    • Allows our veterinarians to look at the organs of the abdomen such as the liver, kidneys, bladder or spleen from as many different angles as needed
    • Painless, non-invasive and safe
    • A more detailed ultrasound is performed by an ultrasound specialist with state of the art equipment in our hospital, providing convenience, expertise and immediate results; internal medicine or cardiologist evaluation report is included.
    • Typically does not require any form of sedation
    • Allows to safely obtain tissue samples by ultrasound guided needle aspirates or biopsy

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