Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
At Choice Veterinary Specialists, our in-house lab is equipped with a range of advanced tools to help diagnose your pet's medical issues. We offer a variety of services, from EKG/ECG to digital radiology, echocardiography and outpatient abdominal ultrasound services.
We use radiographic imaging as well as state-of-the-art ultrasound technology that allows our team to produce highly detailed images of your pet's internal structures. Our advanced imaging capabilities combined with our other diagnostic tools and equipment allow us to provide accurate results to our specialists and your primary care vet without delay.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy
We perform tests and get results quickly in our in-house vet lab so that we can provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our pet pharmacy in Westminster is stocked with a range of medications, allowing you to easily pick up your pet's medication when you visit us for an appointment.
Our Diagnostic Services
With our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, we are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing to allow our vets to provide rapid diagnosis of your pet's medical issues.
Radiography (Digital X-rays)
Using a radiograph (digital x-ray), we can examine your pet's internal systems to reveal information that may be invisible from the outside.
Radiography is safe, painless and non-invasive. It uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure required to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo this procedure.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones and organs, and diagnose conditions including broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases and some tumors.
The use of diagnostic imaging allows our team of veterinary professionals to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures. With ultrasound imaging, we expose part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body.
Because we capture ultrasound images in real-time, we can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can start sooner.
If your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet may have a heart disorder, we usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG).
This procedure can be completed easily and quickly. It reveals data that may be integral to your pet's diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify disorders in the chambers of the heart.
A Holter monitor is a portable ECG device that can be worn by pets in order for veterinarians to be able to continuously monitor the electrical activity of the animal's heart.
This technology is worn for 24 hours or more and can help your veterinary specialist detect occasional or intermittent cardiac arrhythmias that would otherwise be difficult to identify.
An echocardiogram is a diagnostic tool that allows your veterinary specialist to look closely at your pet's heart as well as inside and around it.
An echo uses high-frequency sound waves to create real-time images, providing your vet with insight into what your dog or cat's heart looks like and how it is functioning.
This valuable diagnostic tool provides information about the size, shape, and function of your pet's heart, its four chambers, the heart valves, and surrounding structures such as the pericardial sac.
Veterinary fluoroscopy is a continuous series of very low dose X-ray images that allow your veterinary specialist to see the functioning of the inside of your pet's body in motion.
Chest fluoroscopy can provide your vet with valuable insights into the functioning of your pet's heart and lungs. This technology can play a key role in the diagnosis of diseases involving motion, such as the collapse of the trachea during breathing, or swallowing problems.
Veterinary bronchoscopy involves the use of a flexible endoscope that allows your veterinary specialist to examine the inside of your pet's trachea and lower airways.
General anesthesia is required to perform this procedure, but this diagnostic tool is considered to be a minimally invasive way to check for internal indicators of respiratory conditions.
No external incisions are required and many dogs are able to return home on the day of the procedure.
Doppler Blood Pressure
A doppler blood pressure screen can be used to check an animal's blood pressure during surgery, to monitor blood flow at the extremities during surgery or to check for intact blood vessels following trauma and before an amputation.
This technique is non-invasive and particularly helpful for measuring blood pressure in animals weighing less than 15 pounds, including cats.