Getting an accurate diagnosis for your pet’s health problems can be difficult without verbal communication. At Greystone Animal Hospital in Burnaby, BC, we can help you keep your pet healthy. We offer a comprehensive list of diagnostic services to use in determining what treatment your pet needs.
What We Offer
With our variety of diagnostic tests, we can always find out what is ailing your pet and how to treat it.
Our lab tests include urine, stool, and blood tests. These can tell us how your pet’s organs are functioning. A complete blood panel tallies red and white blood cells, which generates information about organ function, infections, and other concerns. Our veterinarians will look at packed cell volume, which reflects possible anemia or dehydration. Blood tests can also check for the presence of heartworms. Urine chemistry gives our veterinarians a look at kidney and bladder health and whether your pet suffers from crystals in its urine, which can be deadly if left untreated. Information about stomach and intestine function can show up in fecal sample analyses, like the presence of parasites.
X-rays can create digital images of the inside of your pet. X-rays can be used to photograph organs, as well as cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and urinary systems. Tissues appear differently on the radiographs based on their varying types. Our veterinarians also look at the condition of your pet’s bones and joints. X-rays can detect broken bones, joint swelling, and other internal issues.
Ultrasound refers to a noninvasive imaging modality that sends high-frequency sound waves into the body, which reflect back with information about organs and tissues, generating an image. Probes are typically placed on the skin to obtain these images. Ultrasounds can actually capture movement within organs and tissues as well, which helps greatly in assessing their functioning. An ultrasound is painless and is a good method of preventative care or diagnostics for pets.
We can use ultrasounds to look at injured areas on your pet. We can also detect any hidden health issues in your pet that you may not know about. Our veterinarians can see if your pet has ingested something, or if it has issues with its organs, including the stomach and the spleen.
Magnetic resonance imaging produces detailed images of your pet’s internal organs, brain, and spine. it is completely noninvasive and can produce detailed images of your pet’s internal structures. MRIs use powerful magnets to obtain very detailed three-dimensional images by highlighting molecules at the proton level, so they’ll show up on film. Our vets use MRIs to look at various tissues and organs. We can detect brain tumors, spinal problems, and any other abnormalities in your pet using MRIs.
CT stands for computed tomography. These scans combine x-rays with computer imaging to produce very detailed images of areas of the body from a cross-section perspective. Our vets can zoom in for sharper-focused views and three-dimensional photos, from which invaluable models can be created. This method gives a much more detailed view than traditional X-rays. CT scans are used for fine-tuned examination and may be used on any area of the body, but it is ideal for small areas like the nasal area and teeth, within the bones, and soft tissues, like the lungs. They can detect various problems within your pet’s anatomy.
Visit Our Animal Hospital
If you are concerned about your pet’s health or want to make sure it stays healthy, we can help. At Greystone Animal Hospital in Burnaby, BC, we offer numerous diagnostic services to make sure we know what is going on with your pet. Our veterinarians offer treatments options for any pet’s health condition. To learn more or to schedule an appointment for your pet, call us today.