Early detection is key when it comes to treating your pet, and Chestnut Street Animal Hospital offers in-house diagnostics including radiology, ultrasound, and an on-site laboratory. This saves time, and money, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait overnight for results—meaning your pet gets a diagnosis and needed treatment sooner.
Chestnut Street Animal Hospital has the capability to perform various blood screens, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, urinalysis, and other types of testing instead of sending samples to an outside lab. While we do offer an extensive range of on-site testing, it is possible that your pet may need laboratory work beyond our scope. For those cases, we are happy to send blood work or another test to an outside lab that will send the results back to us.
Pet Digital Radiology (X-Rays)
Radiographs, or X-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed toward the body to highlight objects within. They can detect abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and dental disease.
Orthopedic radiographs and contrast studies require the patient to remain completely still to work correctly, necessitating sedation in most cases. Some specialized procedures may require anesthesia. The duration of sedation or anesthesia is usually short and patient recovery is swift.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds can help identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, and other internal injuries.
An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen, and gallbladder. An ultrasound of the heart, known as an echocardiogram, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size, and contractions. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds usually require some sedation because the patient must remain completely still. To schedule a diagnostic consultation for your pet, call us at 781-444-8838.