Inhouse Diagnostic Testing
Middlesex County Animal Hospital will strive to provide you and your pet with timely, accurate answers to your pet’s medical problems through on site diagnostic testing. We know that finding out as quickly as possible what is wrong with your pet provides them with the best chance for treatment and provides you with peace of mind. Middlesex County Animal Hospital has the ability to conduct a full blood work, urine, and fecal analysis as well as radiographs and an ultrasound on your pet if necessary within less than an hour of being seen by a doctor. In addition, the hospital has the tools necessary to perform in house cytology, check eye pressures for glaucoma, run EKG’s, blood pressure checks, and perform endoscopy. For a more extensive look at the in-house diagnostic testing that Middlesex County Animal Hospital provides please click on the topics above and see all that we have to offer.
Bloodwork, Urinalysis, Fecal Analysis
Middlesex County Animal Hospital knows how important rapid diagnosis and treatment of disease can be for your pet. For this reason, we have an extensive array of in-house blood analyzers to diagnose infectious, metabolic, auto-immune, and toxic diseases. Our doctors can rapidly test important liver, kidney, and pancreatic enzymes to rule out whether your pet may be suffering from a problem with one of these organs. Rapid evaluation for anemia, elevated or depressed white blood cell counts, platelet counts, and blood clotting times further assists our doctors in accurate diagnosis and treatment of your pet. In-house urinalysis gives us invaluable information regarding kidney function, urinary infections, and diabetes. Finally, fecal analysis tests for intestinal parasites that can affect both your pet and your family. All this information at our doctor’s fingertips will give your sick pet the best chance for rapid recovery and will give you peace of mind.
Digital X-Rays/ Radiographs
Middlesex County Animal Hospital will bring the latest in radiographic technology to its patients. Radiographs are very important diagnostic images for cardiac, pulmonary, orthopedic, and many abdominal diseases. True digital radiology speeds up the process of obtaining radiographs and can save our doctors valuable time in treating your pet in an emergency. Digital radiographs can be fine tuned to allow for more accurate evaluation and often limits the number of radiographs we need to take of your pet. When necessary radiographs can be immediately sent by e-mail for evaluation by a veterinary radiologist or orthopedic surgeon. Digital radiology is a more rapid, accurate process that gives us a more timely diagnostic image and your pet a less stressful visit.
Middlesex County Animal Hospital has expert ultrasound capabilities not seen at many veterinary facilities. Ultrasound is the same technology that is used in human medicine to look at an unborn baby. As in human medicine, ultrasound technology has become invaluable at providing further insight into many veterinary diseases. It is non-invasive and can be performed in most cases without sedation. Our ultrasound technician, Mr. Joe Mercado, has over 20 years experience in performing veterinary ultrasounds and is highly respected in the field.
Doctors at Middlesex County Animal Hospital may recommend an ultrasound of the abdomen(belly) for many different reasons including abnormal physical exam findings, blood work abnormalities, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary, and uterine diseases. Abdominal ultrasounds provide important information about organs and other structures including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach, intestines, adrenal glands, kidneys and bladder. Ultrasound can also assist our doctors with a non-invasive means of obtaining a fine needle or true-cut biopsy of an organ to further diagnose and treat you pet.
Echocardiograms are specialized ultrasounds of the heart that provide a more extensive evaluation of heart than any other imaging technique. Symptoms of heart disease in pet can include coughing, trouble breathing, exercise intolerance, and collapse. An echocardiogram may be recommended by a veterinarian if your pet has any of these symptoms, a heart murmur, or a heart arrhythmia. At Middlesex County Animal Hospital we perform both in-house echocardiograms and have weekly consults by a board certified veterinary cardiologist.
Mr. Joe Mercado and Dr. Scott Heckerling have performed hundreds of ultrasounds together over the past seven years. We feel extremely confident in providing your pet with a high quality, diagnostic ultrasound. If your regular veterinarian recommends an ultrasound for your pet, Middlesex County Animal Hospital would be glad to be of service. We will schedule an ultrasound at your convenience with no charge for an office exam and fax a report to your veterinarian with follow up calls as necessary.