Diagnostics

Diagnostics

Early detection is key when it comes to treating your pet, and Prairie Animal Health Center offers complete in-house diagnostics including cutting-edge equipment and an on-site laboratory. This saves time, money, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait over night for results—meaning your pet gets a diagnosis and needed treatment sooner.

In-House Laboratory

At Prairie Animal Health Centre, we can perform various blood screens, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, and other types of testing on site instead of sending samples to an outside lab.

Testing provided in the hospital includes:

  • Liver enzyme screening
  • Pancreatic evaluation
  • Renal (Kidney) profiles
  • Complete blood counts
  • General chemistries
  • FeLV, FIV in cats
  • Parvovirus in dogs
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal flotation (parasite testing)

While we do offer an extensive range of on-site testing, it is possible that your pet may need laboratory work beyond our scope. For those cases, we are happy to send blood work or other testing to an outside lab that will send results back to us.

Digital Radiology (X-Rays)

Prairie Animal Health Centre employs advanced digital imaging technologies, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients. The digital technology allows us to view the X-rays within seconds, and to email pictures to radiology specialists and surgeons if needed for consultation.

Radiographs, or X-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. They can detect abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease.

Orthopedic radiographs and contrast studies require the patient remain completely still to work correctly, necessitating sedation in most cases. Some specialized procedures may require anesthesia. The duration of sedation or anesthesia is usually short and patient recovery is swift.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to create a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems. An ultrasound of the heart, known as an echocardiogram, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size and contractions.

When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds can help identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage and other internal injuries. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds usually require some sedation because the patient must remain completely still.

To schedule an appointment or consultation for your pet, give us a call at 306-241-0256.

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