Diagnostic Veterinary Laboratory
We use electromagnetic radiation and other technologies for diagnostic imaging. This allows us to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
At Westmoreland & Slappey Animal Hospital, we have advanced tools to help accurately diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from digital radiology to ultrasound and cold lasers.
With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can efficiently produce accurate diagnostic information about your pet's condition and provide immediate treatment options.
In-House Veterinary Laboratory & Pharmacy in Perry
We perform tests and get results quickly at our in-house veterinary laboratory so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Perry 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 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)
Using a radiograph (digital x-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is safe, painless and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases and some tumors.
The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
With ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
Because we capture ultrasound images in real-time, we can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
- Surgical Lasers
In veterinary laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam is used to efficiently vaporize or chip away 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.
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.
- Skin Cytology
Skin Cytology is a very high-yield and inexpensive procedure all animal patients suffering from skin disease should have performed. It gives your vet more detailed information about what is happening with the skin in a faster time frame than many other diagnostic tests.
- Ear (Otic) Cytology
This is a routine procedure that is fast and simple to perform. This test allows our vets to look for and/or rule out any microbial ear infections in dogs and cats.
- DNA Genetic Testing
DNA testing can provide you and your vet with a range of insights into your pet's genetic background, ancestry and inherited health conditions.
Testing can be useful for evaluating health conditions common in a specific breed as well as more general inherited health conditions.
- Allergy Testing
Two types of allergy tests are available to help us identify the precise cause of your pet's allergy symptoms. Understanding what your pet is sensitive to allows us to create a customized treatment plan to address your pet's symptoms.
Intradermal testing is often used when testing for environmental allergies. A sedative is given to relax your pet, an area on the side is shaved, and multiple different allergens that are common to the Perry area are injected into the skin. The test site is then examined at 20 minutes and again at 2 hours to detect which allergens created a red, raised reaction.
Serum allergy testing involves taking a small sample of your pet's blood for diagnostic evaluation. Your dog or cat's serum will be tested for sensitivity to a number of potential allergens including pollen from trees, grasses, weeds and shrubs as well as fungi, house dust and mites, and a range of potential food ingredients that are often found in commercial dog and cat food preparations.
- OFA Certification
OFA stands for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Certification can be helpful for both pet parents and breeders as a way of detecting common genetic health issues in dogs, such as hip dysplasia and deafness.
OFA certification requires a series of breed specific tests to be performed by your vet to be submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for evaluation.