Comprehensive Diagnostics for Your Pet
At Millbrae Pet Hospital, we take pride in using the latest technology to gain an accurate and holistic picture of your pet’s health conditions. We offer a wide range of routine and advanced diagnostic tools, as well as an in-house laboratory, which allows us to better identify illness or injury and begin treatment in a timely manner.
In diagnosing your pet, there are many tools that we use to understand the overall functioning of your cat or dog. These include:
- Digital radiology
- In-house laboratory
Commonly known as x-rays, digital radiographs are an important diagnostic tool for veterinarians. Digital radiographs are a pain-free procedure that produces high-definition images, which can be used to better understand the health of your pet’s heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, oral cavity, or bones. Images such as these can be useful in identifying problems that a routine exam may not, such as a tumor or an object that was ingested. Digital radiographs are also helpful in diagnosing dental disease, such as a decaying tooth.
At Millbrae Pet Hospital, we use digital radiology, an advanced diagnostic system that allows us to take images that are a higher resolution and involve less radiation exposure. Digital radiographs are also easy to share electronically with other veterinarians, which makes it possible to provide second opinions and plan treatment in a timely and efficient manner.
Non-invasive and pain-free, ultrasounds are another necessary procedure in the diagnostic process. Ultrasounds produce real-time images using high-frequency sound waves, which allows us to view your pet’s organ function, as well as blood flow throughout the body. This technology is useful in identifying any changes in the function of your pet’s organs, such as the kidney or liver, and can be used in combination with digital radiology to obtain surgical biopsies without the need for invasive surgery.
Our veterinary clinic uses modern ultrasound equipment and our staff is well-versed in the latest in ultrasound procedures, allowing us to provide the most up-to-date care for your animal companion.
Also referred to as an “echo”, an echocardiogram is essential in identifying potential heart problems in your dog or cat. Similar to ultrasounds, echocardiograms also use high-frequency sound waves, which allows us to view your pet’s cardiovascular system in real-time. This procedure makes it possible to diagnose a variety of types of heart diseases, including valve abnormalities, heart tumors, and more.
Millbrae Pet Hospital is equipped with a modern imaging system, and all procedures are performed in-house. Interpretation is sent electronically to another facility, allowing us to provide you with important diagnostic information in a timely manner.
Lab work is critical for monitoring your pet’s health. From blood samples to cultures, lab work provides our veterinarians with valuable information on how to manage your animal companion’s health throughout his or her lifetime.
Our veterinary clinic is proud to have an in-house laboratory that offers a variety of tests, including:
- Blood smears
- Clotting times
- Complete blood counts
- Cultures and biopsies
- Diabetes screening
- Feline leukemia screens
- Full chemistry panels
- Heartworm testing
- Pancreatitis screening
- Parvo screens