In addition to the highly trained doctors and technicians, Creature Comforts Animal Clinic has sophisticated in-clinic diagnostic equipment that allows us to evaluate and diagnose your pet’s health quickly. Our facility is equipped with a complete in-house laboratory that allows us to perform screening tests, x-ray equipment and endoscopy technology. These additional tests, when needed, ensures that your pet will receive the appropriate medical treatment as soon as possible.
Our in-clinic veterinary laboratory features diagnostic testing for the following:
We also work with several outside reference labs. Reference laboratories provide us with advanced blood work for monitoring and diagnosing disease processes, thyroid levels, vaccine titers, therapeutic medication levels and more. Also, flu testing, bacterial culture & antibiotic sensitivity, and cytology and biopsy results from board certified pathologists.
X-rays are the most common imaging tool we use to examine your dog or cat’s internal organs and their muscular and skeletal systems. This is a non-invasive procedure that allows the veterinarian to get a better look at the conditions affecting your pet.
We also have specialized dental radiology equipment. Dental radiography allows us to get a full set of dental radiographs to visualize the internal anatomy of your pet's teeth along with the roots and surrounding bone. This is important because most of your pet’s dental problems occur under the gum line, which cannot be seen without the use of x-ray. The x-rays allow 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 so that your pet’s mouth will be healthy and pain-free.
Radiology is helpful for:
Endoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that aids our veterinarians in the diagnosis of disease and emergency situations. Tiny cameras, known as endoscopes, are inserted in an orifice and are guided inside your pet’s body to see what is happening inside your pet’s body without performing surgery. Using endoscopic technology, we are able to see inside your pet’s digestive & respiratory tract, ear canal, etc. Biopsies can also be taken when performing an endoscopy. This procedure is usually performed under anesthesia and most pets go home the day of the procedure and do not experience any pain or discomfort following the endoscopy.
We monitor your pet’s ECG (electrocardiogram), which displays the electrical activity of the heart, as well as blood pressure while under anesthesia. But these can also be useful in diagnosing and monitoring heart and blood pressure abnormalities, especially in our older patients.