Diagnostic Testing

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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 rapidly perform full blood work, urinalysis, and fecal analysis as well as radiographs and a diagnostic ultrasound on your pet. Typically some combination of these tests will determine why your pet is ill. 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.

Bloodwork, Blood Work Analysis, 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.

Blood work analysis will often give our veterinarians an indication of any underlying problems with your pet. Chemistry panels containing liver and kidney enzymes, protein levels, blood sugar analysis, and electrolytes will show abnormalities with many geriatric diseases. Complete blood counts will give us further information regarding possible anemia or low red blood cell count, low platelet counts, and elevated white blood cell counts indicative of illness. Finally, urinalysis may be needed to diagnose kidney disease, diabetes, or other geriatric conditions.

As the name implies geriatric screening looks for early underlying diseases in older pets. We know that catching many of these diseases in their early stages will give us a much better chance of treatment or management to slow disease progression. Often senior screening blood work will come back normal. Normal blood work and urinalysis will give you further peace of mind that your older pet is healthy and should be around for years to come. Back to Top

Digital X-Rays & Radiographs

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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. A few common uses including evaluating orthopedic fractures, diagnosing pneumonia, and seeing if the dog ate something he shouldn’t. 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 sent by e-mail for evaluation by another veterinary hospital, veterinary radiologist, or an orthopedic surgeon.

Ultrasound Services

Ultra-Sound-Room_-300x258 Diagnostic TestingMiddlesex County Animal Hospital has the ability to perform a quality ultrasound examination on you pet to gather valuable information about their medical condition. 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 almost all cases without sedation. Our ultrasound technician, Mr. Joe Mercado, has over 20 years experience in performing veterinary ultrasounds and is well respected for his ultrasound abilities.

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 as needed consults by a board certified veterinary cardiologist. Back to Top

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