Diagnostic Services

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHS

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common, useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Animal Care At Twin Lakes Center, we use 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.

To provide you with the highest-quality veterinary care for your pet, ACTLC has invested in state-of-the-art digital X-ray machines. 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.

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, in part because we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive veterinary care.

ASSURING YOUR PET'S HEALTH WITH ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health. Using sound waves, 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.

This low-risk procedure is an invaluable tool for the modern veterinary practice because it often enables us to diagnose problems that previously required surgery for diagnosis. At ACTLC, our veterinary teams utilize ultrasound technology to diagnose kidney, bladder and gall bladder stones, masses, tumors, and other changes in a variety of organs. 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, minimizing your worry and stress.

OUR IN-HOUSE MEDICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY

Performing preventive medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results—blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity and more—it is often difficult to accurately assess your pet's health.

Diagnostic testing can detect heartworm disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Early blood testing can show evidence of disease such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Blood testing is also included in pre-anesthetic screenings prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia. Annual wellness blood and urine tests, along with other diagnostics, assist us in the early detection of diseases and health conditions.

Laboratory testing allows our veterinarian to obtain this important information for assessing your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive, expensive procedures. That's why we maintain an advanced in-house laboratory and regularly perform tests during your pet's wellness exam or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Diseases such as kidney failure, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism are often accompanied by high blood pressure.  If high blood pressure exists it can be controlled and monitored by our Doctor’s and staff 

Electrocardiography / ECG

If abnormal heart rates or rhythms are detected on your pet’s physical exam our Doctors and staff can identify and treat these problems with in house ECG testing.