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Diagnostics

Diagnostics

At Dominion Valley Animal Hospital, we are serious about early detection of disease to ensure the best chance of a successful outcome for your pet. 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; 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. As always, your pet’s health and comfort are our highest priority.

Our diagnostic services include:

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 can 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 otoscopy

 

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  

  • 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

For questions about our diagnostic services or to make an appointment, call us at (703) 753-4444.