Diagnostic Services

Unfortunately our patients are unable to communicate with us the reason they are in pain or do not feel well. That's why it is important to have available the diagnostic tools needed to make a diagnosis so we can get your pet on the road to recovery.

To aid in diagnosing your pet, Shaker Heights Animal Hospital offers Digital Radiography, Ultrasound, Endoscopy, Rhinoscopy, Laryngoscopy, Bronchoscopy and an In-House Laboratory.

Shaker Heights Animal HospitalDigital Radiography

Radiographs or X-rays are one of the most common diagnostic tools used in veterinary medicine. An X-ray gives us the ability to take a look inside your pet's body to help determine what may be causing problems. With X-rays we can see the bones, lungs, heart and other internal organs of your pet. X-rays can help diagnose a broken bone, a foreign body or a mass that may be causing your pet's medical condition. X-rays can also be used to monitor medical and/or surgical conditions.

At Shaker Heights Animal Hospital, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology. The benefits of digital radiography include:

  • They can be immediately viewed on a computer monitor
  • Less stressful for your pet compared to traditional radiography (due to the processing speed, the entire X-ray process takes less time)
  • The images can be manipulated allowing your veterinarian to get a better view if needed
  • The images are more sharp and clear compared to traditional radiography
  • Radiographs can be sent via the internet if a consultation is required

Another big advantage with digital radiography is that your pet is exposed to less radiation than with traditional X-rays. The digital image is scanned into the computer instead of using X-ray film and chemicals, resulting in less environmental waste.

Shaker Heights Animal HospitalUltrasound

Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a picture of your pet's internal organs. Where an X-ray can give us a fixed picture of an animal's internal organs, by moving the wand, an ultrasound can give us many different views of the organs. This procedure gives our veterinarians the ability to look inside organs as opposed to just seeing an outline, as we do with X-rays. Ultrasound in conjunction with X-rays is a very useful diagnostic tool. If an X-ray shows the spleen is enlarged, an ultrasound can be performed to see if there are any lesions or a mass on the spleen.

Ultrasounds are sometimes performed under anesthesia, as a pet must be immobile to accurately assess the body structures. The procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform with minimal recovery time for your pet.

Endoscopy

An endoscopy is performed using an instrument called an endoscope, which gives us the ability to look inside an animal's intestinal tract, stomach, small bowel and colon. Our veterinarians use this procedure to take biopsies (tissue that is removed and sent to a lab for analysis) and remove particular foreign bodies.

The animal is under anesthesia and vitals are monitored while our veterinarian visually examines the area of interest. This procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes.

Rhinoscopy

A rhinoscopy is another type of scope performed within the nasal cavity. There are two parts that make up a rhinoscopy: an anterior rhinoscope and a posterior rhinoscope. During the anterior rhinoscopy, the scope is inserted into the nostrils to view the nasal cavity. In posterior rhinoscopy, the scope is placed in the mouth to examine the nasal cavity above the soft palate.

Rhinoscopies give us the ability to take biopsies, remove nasal obstructions, obtain cultures and treat other nasal issues. Pets undergoing rhinoscopy are given anesthesia and their vitals are continuously monitored for the 30 to 60 minutes needed to complete this procedure.

Shaker Heights Animal HospitalBronchoscopy

Bronchoscopies are useful in diagnosing respiratory tract conditions. An endoscope is inserted through the mouth into the trachea allowing our veterinarian a visual of the animal's air passages. Upon visual examination of the respiratory tract, it can be determined if there is any inflammation, lesions, abnormalities, obstructions or if any biopsies need to be taken for further examination. The animal is placed under anesthesia and vitals are monitored during this procedure, which takes 30 to 60 minutes.

Laryngoscopy

The larynx or voice box allows air to pass in and out of the lungs and gives your pet the ability to bark, growl or purr. It also protects the respiratory tract by preventing food or liquid to pass into the trachea while your pet swallows or regurgitates. When this structure is damaged or does not work properly a laryngoscopy can be performed to help us diagnose the cause. With your pet under anesthesia, a scope is inserted into the back of the mouth giving our veterinarian a visual of the larynx.

In-House Laboratory

There is nothing worse than having to wait a week to hear the results of your pet's blood work. With Shaker Heights Animal Hospital's in-house lab, you can have the majority of your pet's blood work results in approximately eight minutes. This aids our veterinarians in making timely diagnoses, treating your pet and getting him or her onto the road toward recovery. Laboratory testing also provides an overall look at your pet's general health.

With the diagnostics of our in-house laboratory, we can screen for heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, feline and canine diseases, urinary tract infections, along with monitoring your pet's general health. At Shaker Heights Animal Hospital we feel it is vital to have a laboratory testing schedule in your pet's general wellness plan.

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