Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is committed to using the most current, least invasive diagnostic technology available. Our investment in digital radiography and ultrasound along with the continuous training of our doctors are examples of that commitment.
Digital X-rays differ from traditional X-rays in the same way that film photography differs from digital photography. The quality of digital images is much greater, allowing for more accurate diagnoses. Digital radiology also allows us to take fewer images, decreasing your pet’s radiation exposure.
Because of the digital nature of these X-rays, we can easily share images with specialists for consultation. Receiving immediate feedback from board-certified radiologists, internal medicine specialists, oncologists, and other veterinary professionals ensures an accurate diagnosis using the least amount of time, cost, and travel.
Ultrasounds provide a noninvasive way to check your pet for a variety of medical conditions. Transmitted in real-time, veterinary ultrasounds allow us to view the functioning of your pet’s internal systems, often providing us with a clearer, more accurate picture of your pet’s health. Where exploratory surgery was once the go-to for diagnosing a condition, we can now spare your pet the stress of surgery through the use of ultrasound technology.
Because our ultrasound is also digital, it allows us to share images electronically with specialists for advanced consultation. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital maintains relationships with board-certified radiologists, surgeons, and specialists in veterinary internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, and many other fields.
Other Diagnostic Testing
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital understands the need for fast and accurate diagnoses. The sooner we know exactly what’s going on, the more likely it is we can implement a successful treatment plan.
Our in-house lab can process a variety of different tests, including:
- Blood chemistry panel—This test allows our doctors to measure the balance of electrolytes, enzymes, and other chemical elements to show the health of internal organs.
- Complete blood count (CBC)—This test analyzes the body’s red blood cells, white bloods cells, and platelets.
- Urinalysis—A urine sample can reveal kidney function, presence of infection, or signs of disease.
- Pancreatic screening—Our cPL test checks pets for pancreatitis.
- Feline leukemia screening—Feline leukemia is highly contagious and attacks a cat’s immune system. As long as a cat is free from this disease, our doctors may recommend vaccination.
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) screening—FIV also affects the immune system and is highly contagious. While there is no cure, medical support can extend a cat’s life and maintain a high level of comfort.
- Blood smear—Blood smears help detect conditions, such as:
- Signs of infection
- Autoimmune diseases
- Platelet conditions
- Toxic cells
- Cancerous cells
- Blood parasites
- Fine needle aspiration cytology—Our doctors are well-versed in cytology. Tumors, lumps, and any abnormal area on the body can be sampled using a needle. The sample is then evaluated under a special microscope to look for signs of cancer, infection, bacteria, or other infectious agents.
- Flea and tick disease screening—These common pests carry many different diseases that can be detected in our labs.
- Intestinal parasite screening—Detecting and treating your pet for worms is a critical part of preventive veterinary care.
- Heartworm testing—If left untreated, heartworm disease can be fatal to bath cats and dogs.