We have offered digital radiography (X-ray) for over a decade. It provides a very high level of detail when imaging our patients. After getting the images we can manipulate them to help us see certain areas more in depth. Our patients do not usually have to be sedated for this procedure however there are those occasions where sedation allows us to get the best results.
Many of us are familiar with electrocardiograms (EKG) as they are the tracing of the heart beat. We use this when we have patients with heart murmur or arrhythmia. We usually send out the results to a cardiologist for consultation and treatment recommendations.
A complete physical includes a heartworm test, fecal flotation test for intestinal parasites, urine analysis, and a red blood cell count as anemia (decrease in the number of red blood cells) can indicate the presence of a number of disease processes. For pets six years of age or older, we also perform a complete blood cell count and a chemistry profile in order to create a baseline of systemic health and to detect any emergent disease processes.