Diagnostic Services and Lab Tests

Laboratory Tests, Diagnostic Testing with Radiography, UltrasoundAdvanced diagnostic services are especially important in veterinary practice because your animal is not able to tell us where it hurts or how he or she feels. Veterinarians rely on various diagnostic procedures and lab tests to gain a complete picture of your pet's health.

During your pet's annual exam at Irving Pet Hospital, We provide plenty of time for the veterinarian to discuss your pet's condition and answer your questions. If a wellness exam reveals potential problems or uncertainty, our advanced diagnostic equipment helps your veterinarian make a complete and accurate diagnosis. Irving Pet hospital has the following equipment and services:

  • In-House Laboratory: Our in-house diagnostic lab performs CBC (Complete Blood Count) tests, chemistries, electrolytes, parasite and virus tests and microscope exams. Having an in-house lab makes it easier to treat sick/ill pets in a more timely manner.
  • Reference Laboratory: For more specialized testing, Irving Pet Hospital has a close working relationship with a nearby reference lab. Our veterinarians usually get results in one day or less, so you don't have to wait and worry about test results.
  • Radiology Department: Radiographs (X-rays) help veterinarians diagnose many potential health problems, including the location and severity of fractures, the identification of foreign bodies, heart disease, cancer, and broken or impacted teeth. Though our doctors are more than able to accurately read radiographs, as an extra precaution we routinely send them for review by an on-call, board-certified veterinary radiologist.
  • Ultrasound: Similar to an X-ray, but often more accurate, an ultrasound provides a real-time view of your pet's inner anatomy. Ultrasound is especially useful when used as a diagnostic tool for studying fluid in the body cavity or around the heart. It is also used to diagnose pregnancy in pets and to check the viability of the fetuses. The ultrasound equipment is also used to aid in cystocentesis and abdominocentesis, procedures used to take samples of fluids from the bladder or abdomen. Ultrasound helps guide the surgeon's instrument to the correct location.
  • Eyes, Ears, Skin: While ultrasound and X-rays are very important diagnostic tools, the eyes, ears and skin often require specialized care and tools. Irving Pet Hospital is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic tools to handle these specialized areas of your pet's body.

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