Diagnostic services at the clinic include radiology, laboratory testing, blood pressure monitoring and an electrocardiogram. We start first with a comprehensive physical exam.
Comprehensive Physical Exam
The hands on physical exam of your pet and the gathering of historical information from the pet owner is the most critical part of your veterinarian’s job. It is with this information that we can formulate a diagnostic, preventative care, or treatment plan.
We are equipped at both locations with diagnostic imaging. At the Chelsea clinic we have a digital X-ray unit which provides a high quality image to help us evaluate bony and soft tissue structures. These images can be easily shared with colleagues and reviewed by a board certified radiologist upon request. Decision making is based on many factors, one of which is a superior quality radiograph.
Our in house laboratory can provide prompt results that will allow same day decision making. These tests include blood work. (serum chemistry, complete blood count), urine tests, fecal exams and cytology.
Cytology is the microscopic examination of cells. We may collect samples from ear swabs, skin surfaces, lumps and other sites of interest. We try to examine our samples under the microscope during your appointment or within 24 hours for prompt results.
We can also send samples out to our reference laboratory for both routine and more specialized tests.
An ECG is a record of an individual’s heartbeat and creates picture on graph paper of the electrical impulses that move through the heart. Cardiac health is evaluated during the physical exam and further by radiographs, ultrasound, bloodwork, and the ECG.
We are partnered via telemedicine with a cardiologist so the ECG readings are interpreted by a specialist and we can provide expert advice regarding care. Also offered is on-site evaluation by a BOARD CERTIFIED cardiologist who will come to our hospital by appointment to ultrasound and help manage cardiac patients.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood pressure that is low is called hypotension and pressure that is high is called hypertension.
Blood pressure should be carefully monitored in any cat with chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, heart disease, and in cats with other ocular or neurological signs that might suggest underlying hypertension. The risk for hypertension rises as a cat grows older. The treatment for feline hypertension is almost always manageable.
Blood pressure is also monitored during general anesthesia.