Pet Diagnostic Services
At Portsmouth Veterinary Clinic, we are serious about early detection of disease to ensure the best chance of a successful outcome to a treatment plan for your pet. We are equipped with state of the art diagnostic equipment, expert staff and access to board certified specialists so we can make a diagnosis and recommend the best treatment for your pet within hours. Our in-house laboratory and digital radiology equipment allows us to provide extensive diagnostic care during a regularly scheduled wellness exam as well.
We utilize advanced technology to help diagnose your pet’s medical issues, including:
Digital Radiology, or “x-ray”. Digital X-ray is an imaging tool that provides a non-invasive method of examining your dog or cat’s internal organs and internal systems, including muscular-skeletal, cardiopulmonary (heart and lungs), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. The image quality of a digital x-ray is much higher than a film x-ray and there is no time lost in processing the image. The digital images can be visualized within a few seconds following exposure, reducing the amount of time your dog or cat is away from you for the testing procedure and allowing us to diagnose and treat your pet rapidly. Digital radiology is environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals to contaminate water systems and it decreases radiation exposure to your pet as images can be manipulated via a computer.
- Useful to assess bone and joint abnormalities and injuries
- Detects the presence of foreign material inside the body
- Used to screen for abnormalities in the heart, lungs, and urinary and digestive organs
- Used to screen for some forms of cancer
- Typically does not require any form of sedation
- Internet radiology consultations are available with board certified radiologists
Digital Dental Radiology. Digital dental radiography allows us to visualize the internal anatomy of your pet’s teeth along with the roots and surrounding bone. This allows us to diagnose bone loss or hidden disease that may be present in the tooth roots and jawbone areas that may not have been visible during our thorough oral exam prior to the dental procedure.
- More effective diagnosis and treatment of dental disease
- Exposes the dental area instead of the entire head, ensuring safer exposure
- Higher-quality dental images
- Shorter time your pet needs to be anesthetized and exposed to x-ray
Ultrasound. Veterinary ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive tool that allows us to visualize internal organs that are not otherwise possible to examine. As the sound waves travel into the body they return images of the internal organs. As opposed to radiographic static images, ultrasounds return dynamic results in real time. This 3 three dimensional image allows the trained veterinarian to see how the organs are moving or how blood is flowing through the dog or cat at the time of the procedure.
- Allows our veterinarians to look at the organs of the abdomen or chest such as the liver, kidneys, heart or spleen from as many different angles as needed
- Painless, non-invasive and safe
- Performed by a mobile ultrasound specialist with state of the art equipment in our hospital, providing convenience, expertise and immediate results. Interpretation of any abnormalities found is done by both the ultrasound specialist and our veterinarians for the most accurate diagnosis for your pet
Laboratory. Our in-clinic laboratory enables us to perform screening tests for your pets within a very short period of time. The faster we are able to diagnose your pet’s health issue, the faster we can treat it! Our laboratory is staffed by skilled, trained technicians and equipped with state of the art equipment, allowing us to perform:
- Complete blood analysis, including tests for kidney and liver function, blood sugar, proteins and electrolytes, and red and white blood cell counts.
- Urinalysis, including analysis for blood, protein, acidity, kidneys’ concentration ability and a sediment check for crystals and abnormal cells.
- Screening tests heartworm, lyme disease and other tick borne disease feline leukemia and FIV viruses.
- Cytology examination of ear, skin, urine and blood specimen
- Fungal cultures for possible ringworm infections
- Fecal analysis for internal parasites
If your pet requires any specialized testing, we have relationships with excellent independent laboratory services that are capable of accurately performing any specialized tests.
Blood Pressure Monitoring. Accurate blood pressure monitoring allows us to assess your pet’s condition while under anesthesia, experiencing shock, or in other critical situations. It is also used during routine check-ups to provide a baseline blood pressure reading.
- Helps detect hypertension and evaluate and stabilize critically ill pets
- Provides a baseline reading during comprehensive physical exams for older or sick pets
- Used to assess pets’ condition while under anesthesia
Anesthesia Monitoring. We use a state of the art machines for monitoring your pet’s ECG, blood pressure, respiration, heart activity, oxygen saturation and temperature during all surgical procedures.