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Austin Pet Diagnostic Services

austin pet diagnosticsVeterinary Digital Radiographs

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. After performing a thorough examination, veterinary diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary to identify the underlying cause of your companion's illness.

The veterinary team at Anderson Mill Animal Clinic uses X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know.

As part of our commitment to provide you with the best medical care for your pet, we have invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

  • They can be immediately viewed on a computer monitor.
  • The clear, detailed images can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, leading to a faster, more accurate diagnosis.
  • They take less time to process, which means less time for your pet on the X-ray table (and less stress), and less waiting time for you.
  • No harsh chemicals are needed to develop the images, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment.
  • If a second opinion is necessary, digital X-rays can be sent by email to a board-certified veterinary radiologist.

Austin, TX veterinary ultrasoundDigital X-rays are a part of our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.

Veterinary Ultrasound

One of the ways we strive to give you peace of mind regarding your pet's health is through the use of veterinary ultrasound. Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure we use to evaluate your pet’s internal organs. Using sound waves, veterinary ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet’s organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.

At Anderson Mill Animal Clinic we use veterinary ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet’s abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies.

The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment and minimize your worry and stress.

Austin Veterinary Laboratory TestingOur In-House Medical And Diagnostic Laboratory

When performing routine pet wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what our veterinarians can't see is as important, if not more important, than what they can see.

Because protecting your pet's health is our most important job, our animal clinic is equipped with a complete, on-site diagnostic laboratory that allows us to measure more than 100 laboratory values, with results often available in a few minutes. In addition, we work with several outside referral labs if your pet requires specialized testing.

Laboratory testing can provide information about your pet's overall systemic health, as well as detect diseases and other conditions affecting your pet's health and well-being without the need for invasive, expensive procedures. Diagnostic laboratory testing is also completed prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia.

Without timely access to these test results, it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

Read about laboratory tests at our animal clinic in Austin and how the results help diagnose pet health conditions.

For more information about the veterinary diagnostic services Anderson Mill Animal Clinic offers or to schedule an appointment, call (512) 258-4163.