Sometimes prevention just isn’t enough. When your pet becomes ill, internal medicine is what your pet needs.
Diagnostic equipment can be crucial in helping your veterinarian solve your pet’s illness issues. Here are some examples of the equipment used at Northside Veterinary Hospital:
Blood work equipment – Two machines are needed to adequately analyze your pet’s blood work. One is used to obtain a Complete Blood Count (CBC). The CBC is helpful in detecting things like infection, dehydration, and anemia. The second machine is used to analyze different proteins and enzymes in the blood. This is called a Chemistry. Chemistries can help detect kidney, liver or pancreatic diseases, as well as diabetes, dehydration, and chronic infections.
Echocardiogram equipment – Echos take an ultrasound and allow the doctor an accurate picture of the heart. This internal view closely examines the chambers, valves, and muscle. An important aspect of the Echo is the ability to monitor the blood flow, making sure everything is going the right direction and detecting where a heart murmur is occurring.
Electrocardiogram equipment – The ECG looks at the electrical activity and conduction of the heart It picks up electrical impulses generated by the cardiac tissue and translates into a waveform. The waveform is then used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats, as well as the size of the chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart as well as any arrhythmia.
Radiology equipment – Radiographs, or x-rays, can be crucial in diagnosing many conditions in the body. Our radiographs are digital, so that they are instantly availabe and have the best clarity possible.
Urinalysis equipment – Urinalysis is used to evaluate the contents of the urine. This can be helpful for diagnosing kidney disease, diabetes, bladder infections, or finding crystals in the urine.
Ultrasound equipment- Ultrasound enables us to look inside the body in a way different than radiographs. Pregnancies, bladder stones, and some heart conditions can be seen with ultrasound.