Diagnostics

Our laboratory facilities host precise diagnostic equipment used in preventative care and early detection.

Electrocardiology (ECG)

Effective heart disease treatment begins with early detection. Electrocardiology is the best tool to analyze your pet’s heart health. An electrocardiogram is used to determine heart rate and rhythm, discovering any abnormalities in the process. Should an arrhythmia, or any other condition, be uncovered, treatment can commence.

An electrocardiography device detects minute electrical changes on the surface of your pet’s skin caused by heartbeat movement. Small electrodes called leads are covered in conducting gel and gently placed on the skin. The leads monitor heartbeat activity, recording irregularities if they are present. This process is non-invasive and painless.

Digital Radiology

Veterinary diagnostic imaging creates composites of the internal body used to discover disease or injury. Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital employs advanced digital imaging technologies operated by skilled veterinary professionals, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.

Radiographs, or x-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. These popular tests can detect a number of abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease. Radiography remains one of the most popular and accurate non-invasive diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.

Some specialized x-rays may require anesthesia. Orthopedic radiographs often require the patient remain completely still to work correctly, necessitating sedation in most cases. The duration of sedation is usually short and patient recovery is swift.

In-House Laboratory Services

Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital offer complete in-house diagnostics, including urinalysis, blood analysis, blood pressure monitoring and more. Our veterinarians can conduct blood tests right in the hospital that allows them to accurately diagnose illness and determine the best course of treatment for your pet.

Common Veterinary Blood Tests:

Complete Blood Count (CBC): Examines the cell part of the blood and determines the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, the hemoglobin level and the hematocrit in your pet.

Chemistry Panel: This tests kidney function, liver function, and electrolyte levels.

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